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Johnathan Hale saves little dog from the pound

SAN DIEGO, California -- Hale Media Publisher Johnathan Hale saved a little dog from going to the pound on Wednesday, and her owner is very grateful.

Hale said he noticed a Yorkshire terrier named Sesame tied to a railing outside Baja Betty's, sitting in the light rain, just as a parking-enforcement officer was calling the pound to come and collect the pet. The officer was having a parked car with an expired registration towed.

According to Hale, the little dog had tags with all of the owner’s information, which the officer failed to check before calling the pound. Hale, an animal lover who is "owned" by several cats of his own, jumped to the rescue. He scooped Sesame into his arms to take her to his office until he could contact her owner. The officer then yelled at him, saying “Sir, you can’t steal that dog!”

Hale told the officer that he wasn't stealing the dog, just keeping her from being traumatized by being taken to the pound.

Fortunately, Sesame’s owner, Kimberly Cochran, was nearby having lunch with a friend when she got Hale’s call. Cochran says she was discussing with her friend about how some people today go out of their way to make life difficult, so it was a nice surprise to get the call from someone who cares.

“I cannot thank him [Hale] enough,” Cochran said. “It’s people like him who are doing the right thing. He was fabulous to do what he did!”