A famous Jack Russell terrier was dognapped, leaving a well-known kiteboarding family utterly devastated. By a fortunate stroke of serendipity, a man spotted it, and in an extraordinary piece of detective work, he rescued him.
Cameron Maramenides, 16, was frantic when he couldn’t find his beloved Jack Russell pup.
His pup is an indispensable part of the family, whose lives revolve around kiteboarding.
Maramenides is a U.S.A. Kiteboarding member, and has had the good fortune of being slated to compete in the 2020 Olympics. His dad is Dimitri Maramenides, a world-famous kiteboarder.
Father and son often kiteboard on the ocean over weekends, taking part in competitions and improving their skills.
To their horror, their little pooch disappeared from the beach on Nov. 4, 2018, after Maramenides participated in a competition.
Being known as the “extreme sports” doggie, the family’s Jack Russell has often been photographed kiteboarding with Maramenides, and he has appeared in magazines and on TV, not to mention the odd video.
The dog’s trademark is his sunnies, which makes him look too cool for words.
Following his mysterious disappearance, the family hired pet detective Jamie Katz and put out a $3,500 cash reward with no questions asked for the safe return of their pet.
On Nov. 9, 2018, Miguel Camacho, an electrician from Florida, had just finished studying for his journeyman electrician’s license and was about to take the test.
While waiting in his car in a West Tampa park, he was reading on Facebook about a 7-year-old 17-pound (approx. 8-kilogram) black-and-white dog that had reportedly been stolen by a white man in his 60s or 70s in a gray sedan.
To his surprise, at that very moment, a gray sedan pulled up right in front of him.
“I was sitting there, reading the article,” Camacho told the Tampa Bay Times.
To his utter amazement, a man roughly aged 60–70 got out of the car, dragging a terrier that looked exactly like the photo posted on Facebook.
“The guy pulls up, gets out the car, grabs the dog and I’m thinking, man this looks just like that dog,” says Camacho.
Without further ado, Camacho calls the number on the Facebook post. Maramenides answers the call, and Camacho tells him what’s transpiring in front of him.
<<<<Look Who’s Home>>>Missing for 4 days is St Petersburg, FL… Zeus is now SAFE & HOME!!! From Zeus’s…
He snapped a photo of the dog and sent it to Maramenides, saying, “Is this your dog?” Cameron replied, saying, “Hey man, that’s my dog.”
Although Camacho was about to leave for his test, he felt in his heart that he wanted to help. The police were contacted, but a statement was needed to prove it was a theft.
Detecting that the police weren’t coming anytime soon, he decided to keep an eye on the situation.
The man got back into his sedan.
Camacho followed the vehicle. All of a sudden, the man stopped and confronted Camacho, asking why he was tailing him.
Camacho answered him directly, saying, “I believe that dog isn’t yours, I’m on the phone with his owner right now.”
Maramenides, on the other side of the line, told Camacho to call the dog. Camacho called out in a loud voice.
Lo and behold! The Jack Russell terrier leapt out of the thief’s truck and jumped straight into Camacho’s waiting vehicle.
Now it was only a matter of reuniting the lost dog with his rightful owner.
From Dimitri:WE FOUND ZEUS.I would like to thank everyone including ABC 7, FOX 13, CH 10, Bay News 9, for all the…
An emotional reunion ensued in WestShore Plaza parking lot. The family’s joy knew no bounds upon seeing their beloved Jack Russell safe and sound after a week of agonizing and sleepless nights.
Being eternally grateful to Camacho, they expressed their thanks to him for acting so cool and going the extra mile for them.
Dimitri’s wife, Helen Trotman, said: “We are feeling completely exhausted, yet elated and we are still pinching ourselves to see if we are dreaming. We are so fortunate Miguel was there and was willing to put himself into a possible dangerous situation to get our dog back.”
Upon accepting the unexpected luck that had come his way, Camacho said, “I have two kids, I’m gonna do some Christmas shopping for them and put the rest in their savings accounts.”
Camacho’s teacher was immensely proud upon hearing of his young student’s selflessness, and kindly allowed him to take the test on a later date.
If it were not for Camacho taking the initiative and taking the lead when he came across someone doing a wrong deed, who knows what would have happened to the kiteboarding pooch?
Watch the video below:
An Olympic kiteboarder's dog went missing during a competition near the Skyway Bridge. Someone in a grey sedan may have taken the Jack Russell, named Zeus (maybe even by mistake). There's a $3,500 reward for his safe return, no questions asked. Here's the full story on who to contact: https://bit.ly/2Owcw7C
Gepostet von FOX 13's Dan Matics am Mittwoch, 7. November 2018