World · August 5, 2022

Homeless man helps reunite woman with missing dog who escaped from Upper East Side groomers

NEW YORK – Two days after a dog escaped from an Upper East Side groomer, it returned to its owner’s arms and, as CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, it’s all thanks to the kindness of a stranger who wants to remain anonymous.

The dog, named Nori, has become a celebrity on the Upper East Side, with many recognizing the 3-year-old puppy from “missing dog” flyers across the neighborhood.

Dog owner Diane Leighton posted the posters after learning that her dog escaped from the “D is for Doggy” groomer on 84th Street.

“They say, I’m sorry, I know you will be angry, but your dog slipped out, we lost him, we are looking for him,” Leighton said. “I could never have seen my life without him, so I would have done whatever it takes to come and get him.”

Forty-eight hours later, he received a call from a homeless man who found Nori and recognized him from the poster. Leighton and her boyfriend met the man at East Harlem’s Thomas Jefferson Park on Wednesday for the reunion.

“I was sobbing uncontrollably, of course, and it was so genuine. ‘Oh, I fed him, I gave him some tuna, I gave him water to make sure he was okay,'” Leighton said.

He says they gave the man some money and are looking for ways to help him get back on his feet.

“I want to help him because he gave me something I can, there is no cash value for this dog, he is all to me and now I want to pay him back with all I can,” Leighton said.

Leighton says that the strangers who share Nori’s story and the good out there is what brought him home.

“I can never express how grateful I am that everyone is helping me,” she said. “I’m just glad I got Nori back.”

Nori has cuts and limped a little, but the vet says she’ll be fine.

The owner of D is for Doggy said they are so sorry, this was an unfortunate turn of events and they are so happy that Nori has been found.