11-Year-Old Transplant Patient Reunited With Missing Puppies

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Two puppies that disappeared from the home of a West Covina family were returned to their owner’s Friday after being found wandering in the street by a good Samaritan.


David Vazquez was reunited Friday night with his two missing puppies. (Credit: KTLA)

Pit bulls, Dodger and Buddha, were a gift for 11-year-old David Vazquez after he underwent a kidney transplant in December.

The dogs vanished on Thursday after somehow getting out the yard, David’s mother Justine Perez said.

“The dogs really did help with some kind of therapy in his recovery, because now he’s so much more open and loves to be outside and play with them,” Perez said.

A neighbor told the family that someone in a gray pickup truck took the puppies, Perez said.

The man in the truck had seen the puppies wandering around the neighborhood and picked them up so they wouldn’t get run over.


David Vazquez smiled for a picture with his two puppies that was posted on his mother’s Facebook page. The two pit bulls were stolen on May 15, 2014. (Credit: Justine Perez)

After KTLA’s story on the missing dogs aired, a woman taking care of the puppies called the station.

David and his two best friends were reunited a short time later.

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