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Columbus woman reunited with stolen dog after car theft

Chi Chi resting at home (Source: Erika Schroeder) Chi Chi resting at home (Source: Erika Schroeder)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus woman has been reunited with her dog after she was taken during a car theft on Monday, April 4.

Erika Schroeder says her 2015 Chevrolet Malibu was stolen on Monday evening from the Shell gas station, located at 4499 Warm Springs Rd. in Columbus around 6 p.m.

Schroeder says her husband, Kohl McLeod, stopped by the gas station and left their 8-year-old Chihuahua, Chi Chi, in the car with the air conditioner on while he stopped inside.  

While McLeod was inside, two black males allegedly stole her car, and drove away with Chi Chi inside of the car. Their vehicle was recovered later, but all of the items inside – including Chi Chi – were gone. 

On Thursday, Schroeder said they were driving around handing out flyers and stopped at a gas station on Floyd Road near Buena Vista Road. A woman at the gas station told them she’d seen a little dog in a nearby neighborhood. 

While driving through the neighborhood, they were stopped by another woman who told them a little brown dog matching Chi Chi’s description was hanging around her office all day. 

Schroeder said the woman wouldn’t accept their reward, but she does plan to keep in touch with her. 

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