2008-11-29 / Editorials & Letters

Two people gave this story a happy ending


I want to thank two people who went the extra mile for an employee of mine (Greg Flowers).

On October 14, Greg was inside the Reynoldsburg Wal-Mart when his dog Hank pulled loose from his collar while waiting in Greg's truck. Hank got shooed away from the Wal-Mart entrance while trying to find Greg. It was then that two women in a SUV scooped Hank up and drove off with him. The Wal-Mart greeter saw this and told Greg.

Greg spent the next two weeks going back and forth with Wal-Mart and Reynoldsburg Police trying to get information on the SUV. Finally, Jessica Haggy in the Wal-Mart security department found the tape that showed it all happening. But she couldn't make out the license plate number. So she checked an inside tape and saw that one of the women used a credit card.

Jessica gave the credit card information to Officer Lloyd Leppert. Officer Leppert (God bless him) traced the credit card back to one of the women and found out that Hank had been taken to a kennel in Pataskala to be put up for adoption. He called the kennel and verified Hank was there and up for adoption. He had the owners of the kennel put a hold on Hank and then called me with the information.

By 5 p.m. that night, three weeks after he disappeared, Hank was back in the happy arms of his dad.

Many of you might have seen my Beacon ad when I lost my Bully Extra at Mud Island Park on October 19. Sadly, Extra was found, but that story ended very badly. It was very cathartic for me to get Hank back home where he belonged, but it sure wouldn't have happened without Jessica Haggy and Officer Lloyd Leppert going the extra mile. They won my big heart award for 2008 and the never-ending gratefulness of Hank, Greg and me. I love happy endings, don't you? Victoria Wolfe West Bank

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