VICTORVILLE – Stephanie Emerzian, a 23-year-old Victorville woman thought she would never see her dog, “Arri” again after she ran out of her home passed her fiance on the 4th of July. Scared of the 4th of July ruckus, Arri ran out the door with Stephanie’s other dog, Mya. Mya was located the following day, but Arri was nowhere to be found.
Stephanie and her now husband, Anthony, searched for the dog relentlessly; they searched shelters, neighbors yards, through the streets, and eventually gave up hope that Arri would ever return. On July 8, 2016, Stephanie reached out to the Facebook group, High Desert Pets ,Lost and Found hoping that someone who may have seen Arri. Still, time went by and even seasons, on Monday, December 11,2016, Stephanie received a call she was shocked to receive. Arri was located only blocks from the home she went missing from and was identified due to her still having her tags on.
“She went to some guy’s backyard and I had missed a bunch of calls from him because I left my phone somewhere,” said Stephanie. “He was trying to get me to pick her up before he called Animal Control.” Concerned about the price of getting her dog back, Stephanie again reached out to High Desert Pets Lost and Found to find out how much she would need to come up with. Stephanie explained that she gave birth to her son just last month and since her small, young family has faced some financial hurdles, but she would not give up on Arri. That is when, a then stranger, Alison Thompson Tyler decided to offer a hand.
On Monday afternoon Stephanie and Arri had their long-awaited reunion and Alison stood behind her offer, paying the cost to make it possible. “Alison came and she waited for about 2 hours with me and we talked a lot,” said Stephanie. “It was the best and had restored a lot of my faith.” Stephanie said that since Arri was up-to-date on shots and spayed, the cost to pick her up was $52. Stephanie said that Arri fit right back into their household, she has been playing with their other two dogs, running around in the backyard, eating, and reuniting with her people.
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