Good Samaritan helps reunite Virginia Beach family with their missing dog

Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 12:14:19-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A dog is back home, safe and sound, after a News 3 viewer helped reunite the missing pup with her owners.


Brandon Liburd struggled to find words that explained the joy he felt having Izzy back in his arms.

"It's unreal, words can't describe it," said Liburd. "They say dog is man's best friend, but this is like our child and she loves being outside and this is one time where I can say 'amen' to that."

Since a tornado tore through Virginia Beach on Friday, Liburd has been looking for his missing dog Izzy. On Monday night he came to News 3 for help and we aired the story of his missing pup at 11 p.m. That was all it took for one man to take notice and take action.

On Tuesday morning, Wes Warstler contacted News 3 saying he found Izzy but she was behind a fence and appeared injured. He did not want to get too close and scare her off, so he kept an eye on her as we called her owner.

"I wanted to make sure to stay with her until someone came and got here so she could be reunited," said Warstler.

A complete stranger is to thank for the reunion and Liburd said nothing can get him down now, "Since the tornado hit it has been camaraderie, everyone looking out for each other and neighbors helping neighbors."

A heart-warming story for a community that is still cleaning up after the storm.


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