A happy ending for the man who unknowingly bought a stolen guide dog on Craigslist.
Tom O'Shea went to police on Wednesday after he suspected the dog he bought for his family was the same one he saw on the news -- stolen from its blind owner. The dog, a pure bred Rottweiler named Diamond, was missing for more than a week and its owner Sheryl Williams pleaded for its return. Diamond and Williams were reunited at the police station.
Now a local breeder so inspired by O'Shea's act of kindness has given the family a new puppy.
Breeder Tricia Phillips gave the family a 5-week-old Rottweiler last night, from a litter of 15 her dog just had.
O'Shea said he can't believe Phillips' generosity. She wouldn't accept his money for the dog.
O'Shea and his family named their new puppy Diamond.
Bonnie Ritchie, 21, who was booked into jail on Wednesday for a charge stemming from allegedly stealing the dog is now out of jail. Police said they have released the charges against her for now. Detectives say they are gathering more information in the case and she could face charges then.
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