Poor Yellow Lab Dognapped by Car Thief Is Found Safe and Sound in a Cemetery

A precious yellow Lab taken on a harrowing joyride through Boston after a carjacker sped off with the SUV he was riding in has been returned to his worried dog mama, thankfully uninjured.

On Sunday, May 6, Boston resident Rosa Nese stopped by a neighborhood market to buy a lottery ticket before finally going home. She parked her SUV and left her beloved Chief inside with the windows cracked and the air conditioning running. And even though she was only in the store for a matter of minutes, Nese was greeted with an empty parking lot when she returned.

“I started screaming ‘Chief, Chief, Chief,’ and I called the police,” Nese told the Boston Globe.

Nese was especially concerned about Chief’s medication — according to the Facebook page Missing Dogs Massachusetts, Chief has severe allergies and requires prescription dog food.

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Chief at doggy daycare. (Photo Credit: Harbor Hounds)

We’re sure any pet owner would agree that losing their sweet pooch sounds devastating, but Nese said Chief was more than just a pet, he was her saving grace.

“He’s basically a lovable yellow Lab. Friendly, he loves everybody and everything,” Nese told CBS News. “He rescued me, actually. A year ago, my mother passed away, and two days later, I had a fire and I lost my home.”

Nese’s friends and family members immediately assembled a search for her sweet dog and a white Hyundai Santa Fe with an Italian flag on the back. Luckily, Chief was finally found by the security guard at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts, on Monday. And as for the thief? Police have identified 50-year-old David Brady as the suspect, who officials say was arrested and taken into custody after a foot chase. Watch the video below to see the heartfelt reunion.

“He’s just a happy dog,” Nese told the Boston Globe following the reunion. “He makes me happy… I have him back, and I’m going to move on.”

What a story! We’re so glad Chief was brought home to Nese safe and sound.

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