This is Luke Neville, his brother James, and their pug Bella.
Luke and his brother searched for hours, telling their friends in the neighbourhood that Bella was missing. He posted a photo on Facebook and told anyone who lived in the area to keep an eye out.
And then something ridiculous happened.
"My mate saw the sign and thought it was Bella," Luke said. "So they picked up the pug and dropped it in my house."
So now Luke had a dog in his house (good), but it wasn't ~his~ dog (not good).
Luke got in contact with the local council ranger, who told him that they had a pug matching Bella's description in the pound. In the meantime, Luke was left with the other pug (whom he named Not-Bella) for the night.
Checking the local lost pets listings, Luke saw that *another* pug had gone missing that day, and the owners were desperately looking for it. He concluded that the dog he had in his house, Not-Bella, belonged to these people.
Not-Bella's owner arrived yesterday morning and confirmed the dog was hers. She'd been to two dog pounds earlier that day searching for the little pug.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
Contact Brad Esposito at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.