Homeless man helps reunite woman with missing dog who escaped Upper East Side groomers

NEW YORK — Two days after a dog escaped from an Upper East Side groomer, he’s back in his owner’s arms, and as CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, it’s thanks to the kindness of a stranger who wishes to remain anonymous.

The dog, named Nori, has become a celebrity on the Upper East Side, with many recognizing the 3-year-old pup from “missing dog” fliers all over the neighborhood.

The dog’s owner, Diane Leighton, put up the posters after learning her dog had escaped from the ‘D is for Doggy’ groomer on 84th Street.

“They’re like, I’m sorry, I know you’re going to be upset, but your dog got away, we lost him, we’re looking for him,” Leighton said. “I could never see my life without him, so I was going to do whatever it took to come get him.”

Forty-eight hours later, she received a call from a homeless man who found Nori and recognized him from the poster. Leighton and her boyfriend met the man at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem on Wednesday for the reunion.

“I was sobbing uncontrollably, of course, and he was so sincere. ‘Oh, I fed him, I gave him tuna, I gave him water to make sure he was okay’ “, said Leighton.

She says they gave the man money and are looking for ways to help him get back on his feet.

“I want to help him because he gave me something I can, this dog has no monetary value, he is everything to me, and now I want to thank him with everything I can,” said said Leighton.

Leighton says strangers share Nori’s story and good is what brought him home.

“I can never express how grateful I am for everyone helping me,” she said. “I’m just happy to have Nori back.”

Nori has cuts and was limping a bit, but the vet says he’ll be fine.

The owner of D is for Doggy said he was so sorry it was an unfortunate sequence of events and he was so happy Nori was found.


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