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Puppy reunited with family after carjacking

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 23:19:18-05

Two Wauwatosa women who were missing their puppy after he was taken in a carjacking got a happy ending Friday when they were reunited with their dog.

Rachel Freda and her best friend Brittany Ellis said their dog Bando was in the car when two men held them up at gunpoint on Milwaukee's south side.

After they shared their story with TODAY'S TMJ4 on Thursday night someone recognized Bando and contacted them. Freda got to him first and let us come along as he was reunited with Ellis.

"Your home! Yayyyyy!" said Freda to Bando as he played on her lap.

Viewers started sending Freda messages of possible sightings of the stolen puppy last night but each time it was not him. As she started to lose hope, a woman messaged her that she found a pit bull puppy in the area where the carjacking happened.

A woman said she found him wandering around an area where the carjacking happened.

"She saw the dog in the street and he actually went into her yard and she took him in," said Fred. "She found him last night, then the news aired and it was like boom, boom, boom, it all snowballed."

Fredo got him home but Ellis still had not arrived. We waited with Fredo as Ellis finally was reunited with her missing puppy.

"Oh my god, my baby," said Ellis as she grabbed him in her arms. Ellis said she has been waiting for this moment for nearly a week.

"We are never letting him go," said Ellis.

There are still no arrests in this case. Freda and Ellis plan to get Bando micro-chipped right away.