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The Emotional Moment A Homeless Man Was Reunited With His Missing Dog

The Emotional Moment A Homeless Man Was Reunited With His Missing Dog

Losing a pet, whether they've died or run away, is a heartbreaking experience for anyone.

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So when a homeless man was finally finally reunited with his best friend, it's totally understandable that he was overcome with emotion.

Lee had been desperately searching for his pet pooch Crystal for the past week, and broke down in tears when she was brought back to him.

The 24-year-old, from Leeds, couldn't stop crying and cuddling the two-year-old dog, while he thanked everyone for their help in finding his lot friend, who he said was 'all he had'.

The heartwarming reunion was caught on camera.

Toni Mella Sweeney - who works for Helping Hands, a volunteer group in Leeds - said Crystal ran off when she became startled by an argument that happened near her and Lee, in an underpass where the two of them had been sleeping rough.

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Lee couldn't hold back the tears when he was finally reunited with his best friend. Credit: Caters
Lee couldn't hold back the tears when he was finally reunited with his best friend. Credit: Caters

She said: "For two days we had sightings, then nothing.

"Someone was rumoured to be seen with her, but we never confirmed that.

"I contacted Murphy's Army for help and they swiftly put a team in place - people from all over the country sent well wishes and followers were doing all the posters."

After hearing unconfirmed rumours, Toni was scared that someone may have in fact stolen Crystal, which would have destroyed her loving owner, Lee.

However, as luck would have it, just a week later the missing dog was found by a game keeper in Kirkstall Forge.

"It was awesome when I received the call," Toni said.

"The whole event was a week of panic and broken emotions - Lee and I spent time together whilst I consoled him and reassured him.

The 24-year-old said Crystal was 'all he had' and thanked everyone for their help. Credit: Caters
The 24-year-old said Crystal was 'all he had' and thanked everyone for their help. Credit: Caters

"The morning I received the call I immediately went to find Lee. I covered half of Leeds and eventually found him by the coin exchange.

"We went for food to calm down and then I took him to be reunited with his baby. As you can see from the video, it was altogether mind-blowing."

At the end of the video, the person holding the camera asks viewers for their support and says Crystal is now getting lots of love.

The message says: "Please remember - if you know anyone who is homeless, who has lost their dog, please get in touch with Murphy's Army or Helping Hands. We'll all work together with these wonderful people, who managed to get her (Crystal) from the woods, huddled up and scared."

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: uk news, Feels, Animals

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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