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Service dog returned to owner after stolen on North Shore beach

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

[Update 1/29]

Colette, the stolen service dog, has been reunited with her owner, Kelly Kraynek. Kraynek said a Kaneohe couple contacted her after they said they bought the dog from a man outside of Petco in Pearl City. The couple bought the dog for $400, they said, and Kraynek paid the couple $200. Although Kraynek said the couple's story sounded fishy, she's just glad to have her dog back and probably won't press charges.

"It was incredibly overwhelming happiness," she said. "I was just so excited she wasn't hurt or anything. She's fine. But I was just incredibly in shock that I had her back."

[Original story]

Kelly Kraynek says her 6-year old white pomeranian, is more than just a pet. Colette, is a registered service dog.

"I have anxiety and I can't be in enclosed places without seeing (the outside), or I begin to panic," says Kraynek, who fears being stuck in a building in a fire, "To have her there, I know I'm going to get out because of her."

Kraynek takes Colette on regular bike rides along the North Shore. Wednesday, she took the dog to Three Tables on the North Shore.

As Kraynek was lying on the beach, she says Colette ran up to greet a man who had walked up to the sand.

"He petted her, she went to the shade and he asked me her name," Kraynek says she told the man the dog's name and he smiled at her. Moments later, she says closed her eyes to take in the sun, and that's when the man grabbed Colette.

An Australian couple, on their honeymoon, was having lunch on their lanai and saw the man steal the dog.

"He was just following the dog," says Emily Reece, "We didn't think anything of it, then he scooped it up and that's when I said, oh I think he took the dog."

"We came around the front and (he was) gone," says Brent Reece, "luckily two guys had witnessed the car they were in."

Two men at the bus stop on Kamehameha Highway, saw the dog thief get into the passenger side of a white, newer model jeep. The driver then sped off.

"She means so much to me," says Kraynek, "She's my daughters little sister. I couldn't have more children."

Kraynek is putting up flyers around the North Shore, trying to get the word out about how important Colette is to her and her family.

She is offering a $1000 reward.

A Honolulu Police Officer driving by a short time later, looked for the Jeep but wasn't able to find it. He did help Kraynek with the theft report.

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