BEN IS HOME: East Texas family reunited with beloved blind pup just in time

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An East Texas family made a plea on Facebook, Thursday, for the safe return of their 13 lb. Yorkie named Ben Hogan.

Cindi Featherston-Shields posted on Facebook that, at around 4 p.m., several men who appeared to be Hispanic broke into her parents’ home and stole guns and jewelry.

The thieves also made off with the family’s 10-year-old Yorkie, who is blind and insulin-dependent, requiring insulin twice a day.

She said her father encountered the thieves as he was coming down the driveway. He saw that they were driving a blue-gray older Chevrolet pickup, but did not get a license plate.

Around 4 p.m. on Friday, the family was notified that Ben had been picked up on State Highway 155 Friday morning. 

The family who found the pup Friday morning took him to West Tyler Veterinary Clinic to see if he was chipped. After no chip was found, they took him home, that’s when they saw the post that had been circulating on Facebook.

Once they realized Ben might be in need of insulin, they rushed him back to the vet and the family was notified. 

They were reunited with Ben within an hour.

“We thank social media, it’s amazing what it can do when you’ve lost a pet,” said Featherston-Shields.

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