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A remarkable dog story

December 18, 2008 9:44:39 PM PST
Kola is home safe with her family after a harrowing ordeal. The dog has been left with a severe leg injury.

On Tuesday, a burglar broke into Mitch Rosen's home in New City through a window.

Kola chased the burglar out of the house, but then vanished. Rosen believes Kola was kidnapped.

"We thought she was not going to make it through the night. We just had to have hope that somebody brought her in," he said.

Turns out, that's exactly what happened hours later and 25 miles away. Irene Wang stopped her car in Hackensack when she saw Kola chained to a sign post.

Not only did Wang take Kola to a nearby animal hospital, she took the $400 that she planned to use for Christmas presents and donated it to fund Kola's care.

"There's nothing I can say to thank her enough. It's just a great thing she did," Mitch Rosen said.

She even came back to visit and bring Kola a toy.

"She's been great. Really," Dr. Cheryl Walsh said. "When animals are in need, a lot of times that's when the best in people comes out."

Wang's act of kindness paid off, when a worker at the hospital saw a report on Channel 7 about Kola and made the connection.

The Rosen family was reunited with their pet on Wednesday night.

Kola has not had an easy life. Scars from bite marks cover her body. The pit bull mix was abused in a dog-fighting ring. The Rosen's rescued her seven months ago.

The dog will require reconstructive surgery on her leg to repair an earlier wound that got worse during this ordeal.

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