Milwaukee woman reunites with dog after he's left in back of stolen car

Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 19:26:48-04

MILWAUKEE -- Valerie Tergerson first adopted Arrow 13 years ago, and this is by far the toughest 24 hours each of them have ever endured.

Arrow, an Australian Shepherd-Cattledog mix, was in the back seat of Tergerson's BMW when it was stolen near Wells and Cass in downtown Milwaukee. Tergerson says she had gone to lunch, but left Arrow in her air conditioned car.

The car was on, but Tergerson had the key fab; which she thought meant if anyone took off with the car, the car would be unable to drive past a certain distance.

"That's something I'm going to have to talk to the car dealer about," Tergerson told TODAY'S TMJ4. "The type of people that steal cars, all the things that could've happened to [Arrow], that was going through my mind all night."

A bystander found Arrow wandering around 6th and Vine Monday morning.

"I wouldn't have gotten him back if they hadn't turned him in. Thank you sincerely," Tergerson said.

Arrow was returned to Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). Associates there told TODAY'S TMJ4 Arrow had a microchip, which proved essential in proving Arrow's ownership.