Dog that was held for ransom safely returned to North Carolina family

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Bella has been safely returned.

DURHAM, N.C. — There’s a happy ending to a missing dog mystery in Durham.

The owner of Bella, a Maltese poodle mix, told WTVD that her dog is back home after she was returned Thursday night.

Bella wandered off and someone was seen putting the dog into a car on March 11 near Cornwallis and Pickett roads. The owner later received a call from a person claiming they had the dog and seeking a reward.

Bella’s owner says they are now celebrating her return. They’re also collecting a reward for a single mother in Chapel Hill who gave them information leading to Bella’s safe return.