It's the happy ending that Michael Lormier expected.
The well-known beggar, who became an element of the intersection in Hastings and Nanaimo, had his heart broken last week when someone stole Mishah, a chihuahua cross that has been his constant companion for five years.
The story began a wave of support, including an offer of help from the rescue group "Thank Dog I Am Out", FLED-VI, Lost Pets BC and various community members.
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On Thursday, all that search made up for it.
Around 9 pm, Facebook user Kyrin Lit posted that Mishah was safely and securely located.
"Huge thanks Garrett who identified her from all the cover and the VPD who arrested her captor," he wrote.
"And, of course, to the thousands of followers who shared Mishah's security situation."
Mishah disappeared last Thursday when Lorimer walked into Churches Chicken in Nanaimo and Hastings to use the bathroom.
Lorimer, who is not homeless, became a beggar after a car accident left him in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury.
He told Global News last week that the rescue dog is the closest thing he left to his family.
"She's my dog. I lost my wife and my parents. She's the only thing I have left, "he said.
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