Panhandler Reunited With Missing Dog

Concerned public helps give distraught owner new leash on life
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – A now famous Chicago panhandler said he was "speechless" yesterday during his ecstatic reunion with his 12-year-old mutt, Reba.  A sympathetic public mobilized into action last week after learning that Tom Finley had lost Reba and was too upset to eat or sleep, the Chicago Tribune reports. A reward was offered, streets were plastered with flyers, and an anonymous women turned up with the pooch.

The woman turned down the reward, so now Finley will inherit the pot, which is $500—and growing. Reba will get lifelong free veterinary care from an animal anti-cruelty group. "She's the best thing that's ever happened to me," said Finley who planned a "great buffet" to celebrate with his best pal. (Read more panhandler stories.)

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