Los Angeles Man Reunited With Stolen Dog on His Birthday

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A man’s birthday wish came true Sunday morning when he was reunited with his stolen dog in the Mid-Wilshire area.

Scott Katz attended a jazz concert Friday night when his vehicle was stolen; his dog Max was inside.

After putting up numerous flyers offering a $500 reward and posting about his loss on social media, strangers found the car and Max in a parking lot near a pet adoption expo on Sunday.

“They said, ‘I think your car’s here and dog’s here, he looks fine,’” Katz said. “Today’s my birthday, so it just worked out perfectly.”

Max was found near the location he had first been stolen and appeared to be unharmed.

Katz suspected that his efforts to publicize the crime may have led to the dog’s safe return.

“Maybe the pressure of everyone knowing about it,” Katz said. “It’s pretty amazing, he’s doing fine.”

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Sunday, May 4, 2014.