Golden Retriever stolen from San Francisco's Japantown found, reunited with owner

SAN FRANCISCO -- A dog owner in San Francisco is rejoicing after being reunited with her stolen Golden Retriever.

Surveillance video from a grocery store in Japantown shows the dog, Lily, tied to a post around 5 p.m. Saturday.

A man is seen squatting down a few feet from her and staring silently. All of a sudden he gets up, walks over, unties Lily's leash and walks away with her.

Lily's owner told KGO the Golden Retriever is a "gifted therapy dog" who helps her with mental health struggles, especially after the recent death of her mother.

After lots of photo sharing and pleas to help search for Lily on social media, the Golden Retriever was found and returned.

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