TEMPLE TERRACE (FOX 13) - Zeus the pit bull is back with his family Saturday night, five days after he was stolen during a burglary from a Temple Terrace home.
Zeus' owner, Makayla Nealer, turned to Facebook Friday to plead for his return. She shared his picture and the post went viral, with the online community sharing it more than 30,000 times.
When Jose Colon found Zeus two miles away from Nealer's home Saturday morning, it was Facebook and news reports that helped identify him.
Colon's daughter shared a picture on Facebook of the dog they'd found and taken to BluePearl Veterinary Partners. A doctor at BluePearl recognized Zeus from Facebook and was able to get in touch with Nealer.
Veterinarians at the animal hospital checked Zeus out and treated him for minor injuries before arranging for Nearler to pick him up. He was on pain medication when Nealer picked him up.
"You could tell that he knew who we were and that it was kind of a relief to him," said Nealer.
Nealer said Colon's good deed restored her faith in humanity, which was broken by the burglary.
"It shows there's way many more good people out there than bad even though we always see the bad sometimes, focus on the bad, but this shows the good side of people," Nealer said.
Temple Terrace police are still investigating the burglary in which Zeus went missing.