Durham girl gets dog of her own

On Saturday, 6-year-old Renaiya was surprised with her new pet, a 3-year-old Yorkie-Poo named Kisses.
September 1, 2013 6:37:26 AM PDT
A little girl who did the right thing by helping reunite a Durham family with their pet is getting one of her own.

The Newmans lost their pet Yorkie Sophie after a break-in at their home in Forest Hills. They canvassed the neighborhood hanging up missing posters, only to learn another family had unknowingly bought their stolen dog.

It was a joyful reunion for the dog's original owners, but a tough loss for 6-year-old Renaiya, who had quickly grown attached to her new pet.

That all changed when a generous ABC11 viewer saw the story and stepped in to save the day.

"It really got to me because I was sitting there watching it and I saw where she was crying giving the dog back," ABC11 viewer Valerie Walker said.

Walker contacted ABC11 and said she had a dog to give Renaiya. On Saturday, ABC11 cameras were rolling when the little girl was surprised with her new pet, a 3-year-old Yorkie-Poo named Kisses.

Renaiya was a little shy at first, but quickly warmed up to her new canine companion after making the difficult decision to do what was right.

"I had to do the right thing, and give the puppy up," Renaiya said. "It makes me feel happy."

It was a feel-good moment for Walker as well.

"It makes me feel good, it makes me feel real good," Walker said.

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