Good Samaritans help return stolen dogs after being stolen from River North


CHICAGO (CBS) – The owner of two dogs stolen Thursday afternoon from River North was grateful to those who helped reunite her with the puppies, including two sisters who found and cared for them.

Kayla Ward, 33, said she was grateful to everyone who helped her after his SUV was stolen in the 700 block of North Wells Street with Karmen, his maltipoo, and Franklin, his shih-tzu mix, still inside the vehicle.

Ward said she locked her car but left it running just outside a restaurant where she briefly bought a drink, but then an unknown suspect drove off in her black 2016 Porsche SUV with plates from Michigan.

“They were gone in an instant,” she said, adding, “I screamed. I freaked out. I said, ‘My dogs are gone. My car is gone. Help me !”

Ward said she even tried to chase after the thief. Another woman stopped to help him dial 911.

Hours later, the dogs were found on the Near West side by a friend of 21-year-old Jordan Cosey. Cosey stepped in to look after the dogs and try to reunite them with their owner.

“I’ve always wanted puppies, so when I saw them I was like, ‘This is so sad. I’m going to take them in until I find their owner,'” Cosey said. take care of them because I know it’s dangerous in this world.”

Cosey’s younger sister Brooklyn Cameron, 10, said she really enjoyed the brief time they had with the dogs.

“I didn’t want them to leave because they were really nice all the time,” Cameron said.

But Cameron said his sister insisted they try to return the dogs to their owners.

Cosey said around 2 a.m. a friend sent her an alert about missing dogs and realized they were the two puppies she was caring for. She finally found Ward’s coordinates.

Ward thanked everyone who helped find Karmen and Franklin and said she could tell they were loved. Although the car is still missing, Ward said she was relieved to find her dogs.

“The car means nothing to me,” Ward said. “My dogs are everything.”

For Cosey, she was just happy to do her part to bring the puppies home.

“I was like, ‘Thank God. I’ve done something good in the world,'” she said.


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