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Social Media Reunites Mochi, the Stolen Dog, With Her Owner

by Katherine

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David Baker was in his San Francisco apartment sleeping when a burglar broke in and snatched his computer, some electronics, and his female blue-nose Pit bull named Mochi. The pet owner made a police report but he also took to social media to spread the word about his missing pet. Thanks to his post, Mochi was found, returned home and the burglar apprehended.

Mochi and David Baker. Photo Credit: David Baker
Mochi and David Baker. Photo Credit: David Baker


“[Mochi] is the friendliest dog you’d ever meet,” Baker told NBC reporters. “I woke up and didn’t hear my dog anywhere and that’s very unusual.”

The pet owner’s social media post included a picture of the dog with a description of the pet. Mochi’s hind paws have a white patch each and this helped identify the dog and get her back to her owner.

Someone who had seen Baker’s social media plea spotted the dog on the 300 block of Eddy Street on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. The Good Samaritan called police and the thief, 31-year-old Melisa Perna was arrested.

Perna was charged with two misdemeanor narcotics, felony possession of stolen property, and felony burglary.

Photo Credit: David Baker


Once Mochi was returned to her owner, Baker once again posted on social media telling everyone helping him look for his dog, that the pet had been found save and sound.

“MOCHI IS HOME!!!!” Baker posted on Instagram. “I’m so grateful for all the help. A huge thanks to @armanalexander @leftf0otfoward @gwen_amberr @somedaywhenthingsaregood @evanthompsonphoto for being the direct team that found her and the criminal! Criminal is in cuffs!!! We did it! Thank you thank you thank you I’m so grateful for all of you”