Stolen Dog Reunited with Tennessee Family After 1 Year

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After a year of searching Sherry and Ayame Kraft were reunited with their beloved dog.

“I never gave up looking for you,” said 11-year-old Ayame Kraft. Their dog Coco, who was renamed Tonya during her time at Young-Williams Animal Shelter was picked-up as a stray, according to the shelter.

(Young-Williams Animal Shelter)

Sherry Kraft, who is a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts, said she was looking through Petango.com, a pet adoption website, when she spotted her family’s missing dog. “I think after a year since Coco has been stolen, I just found her on the adopt a pet at Young Williams,” Sherry Kraft posted to her Facebook page.

Hours after finding her dog on the website, Young-Williams emailed Sherry Kraft pictures of her dog and she was able to pick her up at the shelter. Coco’s reaction to seeing her family is priceless.

The Chocolate Siberian Husky/Hound mix weighs around 50 pounds, but that didn’t stop her from jumping into her family’s lap. “We didn’t forget about you,” Sherry Kraft whispered to Coco. “We kept trying and trying and then we found you.”

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(Young-Williams Animal Shelter)

Coco, who couldn’t be happier, rolled on the floor wagging her tail while her owner rubbed her belly. Vanessa Sumner, a volunteer at Young-Williams Animal Shelter said she had never seen Coco act so happy.

The Kraft family thanked Young-Williams Animal Shelter for finding their dog. Coco, who had heart-worm during her time away from his family, was micro-chipped and sent home up-to-date with her vaccinations.

“I’m so glad she has looked all over for this dog! I’m glad she’s home where she belongs,” said Stephanie Leann Kennemore, a friend of Sherry Kraft. Young-Williams said they could not be happier they were able to reunite the Kraft family with their dog.

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