She was barefoot and ran after a dog’s kidnapper for 30 minutes in a story you don’t hear about but only in the movies.
Her name is Alyssa Sanderford. She had noticed a message on Facebook about a dog kidnapping, and she decided she was going to keep a lookout just in case she saw the dog pop up somewhere in her neighborhood or on her daily journey.
She didn’t know the dog’s owners Angela and Sterling Ream, but they had a mutual friend who shared the dog’s photo on Facebook, so it was nothing for her to keep her eyes open.
No sooner than the next day, Alyssa saw the dog and the man who took it from it’s original home. She made sure it was the correct dog walking past them first before confronting the thief.
Then the chase was on. For 30 minutes, she chased this man so that he wouldn’t get away. She had her cell phone with her the entire time making necessary calls to authorities.
"It's an unbelievable story. It sounds a little silly, but it restores your faith in humanity." https://t.co/GenIznKTAO
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At another point, a couple in an SUV saw her running after the man, pulled up and told her to jump in. She did. Later they left the chase as well, but Sanderford persevered, again on foot and barefoot.
As she ran, Sanderford called the police. Then she saw that one of the Goodwill guys had returned to the chase, this time in his own SUV. He sped ahead of Sanderford. By the time she caught up with him, he had somehow wrested Wiley from the man. Sanderford then found Angela Ream’s number and called her. Ream came racing to the scene.
“I don’t even know this girl, and she risked so much to bring our dog home to us. It’s an unbelievable story. It sounds a little silly, but it restores your faith in humanity. For the one bad guy who had her, there were so many people who reached out and cared.”
And even for that guy, Ream finds sympathy.
“My dad was like, ‘Are you going to press charges?’ I said, ‘No!’ To be honest, I am kind of praying for that guy. I don’t know his motives. If he’s just lonely and wanted a companion, I hope he finds one, his own. If he really needed money that badly, you have to be really desperate to steal a dog.”
Sanderford says that her boyfriend — along with everybody else she knows — told her how crazy it was for her even to confront the man with the dog, let alone chase him for half an hour, let alone barefoot, let alone jumping in cars with strangers. She says she knows they are all totally right about it. She says she hopes she will find a more cautious approach if the situation ever arises again.
She is not very convincing.
I am glad this turned out positively. Alyssa is a hero whether or not she wants to believe it or not. She didn’t know the owners, and she risked her life to bring the dog home. I tip my hat to her and pray that she is blessed beyond measure.
Not many people can or will do this for you. Not even your friends and this stranger out of nowhere did this. God was looking down on the Sterlings this day.
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