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Stolen dog reunited with owner, who was dragged by dognappers' car trying to save pooch - TomoNews

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CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA — A routine walk with his dog went horribly wrong for a Claremont man on Sunday, Feb. 7. Mike Heredia, 50, was left battered and heartbroken following a dognapping incident. Heredia was walking with his three dogs to the Claremont Pooch Park on College Avenue and Green Street — just two blocks from his house — Sunday around noon when he noticed a dark-colored Nissan Altima with "Geneva Motors" paper plates pull up about a block ahead of him. A man exited the vehicle and while on his cellphone walked towards Heredia and his dogs. Heredia didn't think anything of it until the man walked past him and he heard one of his dogs, an elderly cocker spaniel named Otis, yelp. "We walked past and as soon as I did I heard my dog scream and I turned around, the guy had picked him up, like really roughly by the legs and tossed him in backseat of the car," Heredia told ABC 7. The man got in the vehicle and a female driver sped off. But that wasn't the end of Heredia's ordeal. "When he slammed the door I knew what was happening so I jumped in the window and the girl who was driving, she just punched it," Heredia said. "We start going up the street, the guy socking me in the face as we're driving." When the vehicle sped up even more Heredia wasn't able to hold on. He fell back out the window after being dragged 20 yards. "I got a dislocated shoulder and I have road rash from being dragged down the street on my foot and it almost went down to the bone," Heredia explained. Following the incident, a search was initiated to find Otis. And, just two days later, police responded to a call at Claremont Pooch Park about a dog barking. Otis was found. "[Claremont police] went out and found the dog, and they thought it was the dog that was missing," Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department told the "Claremont Courier." "They went and got the owner, who confirmed that it was his dog." The two suspects remain at large. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.net Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus