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Bella returns home after perilous adventure that started with frightening carjacking

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Bella made it back home to her family after a perilous adventure. It started with a frightening carjacking and ended in a forsaken alley.

Adayna Gonzalez-Velasquez said her two-year-old Yorkie mix was lost for about five days.

A Good Samaritan found Bella on Saturday walking in an alley. She was tired, hungry, thirsty, and dirty.

“I just couldn’t believe it was her,” Gonzalez-Velasquez said. “I burst into tears.”

Last week, Gonzalez-Velasquez was in the parking log of a Walmart-Supercenter in Hollywood. A carjacker drove away with her car and Bella, an emotional support dog.

“She is our light. She is part of the family,” Gonzalez-Velasquez said. “We don’t see her as a dog ... she is like another living human.”

On Monday, Bella was clean and dressed for the camera. But most importantly, she was in the arms of the people who didn’t give up on finding her.


About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.