Eyewitness Information viewer assists the poodle return to Brooklyn

BROOKLYN (WABC) – There was a happy and tearful reunion between a 73-year-old woman in Brooklyn and her stolen service dog.

Luna, the 9-year-old poodle, was in the back seat of her owner’s car when she was mugged last week.

Authorities say the suspect pulled the victim out of her Honda Civic near Mill Avenue and Mayfair Drive just after 1 p.m. last Sunday.

A disturbing surveillance video showed the man pulling the victim out of the car as she led the fight of her life.

But he drove away with the poodle inside – and almost ran her over.

“He grabbed my leg and pulled me to the ground, I hit my head,” said the victim, who did not want to be identified.

The car was found in Williamsburg a few days later, but Luna’s owner was still desperate for her dog.

After missing almost a week, an Eyewitness News viewer who was walking his own dogs discovered Luna with a man.

That viewer later recognized the dog during a report on Eyewitness News.

The next day the Good Samaritan confronted the man on Utica Avenue and Linden Boulevard and grabbed Luna’s leash.

The man picked up and escaped. It’s not yet clear if he is the same man responsible for the car theft.

After she was saved, Luna was brought back home – an answer to many prayers.

“She loves this dog with all her heart, as much as any of her other children or grandchildren, if not more,” said the victim’s granddaughter, Isabella Pavon. “This dog brings her so much luck and means the world to her.”

Now that Luna is safe and sound at home, the police are still looking for the man who kidnapped her and the car.

“I was extremely angry, but at the same time I was putting those emotions aside and my natural instinct was simply to help find this dog right away. I know how much this dog means to my grandmother,” said Pavon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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