LOWER MANHATTAN — Their dogged determination paid off.
An East Village couple that hired a pet detective to scour the city for their pup Georgie, who went missing on Dec. 25, has been reunited with their beloved pet.
But it wasn’t the scent-tracking dogs brought in to sniff out 6-month-old Georgie that finally collared the pooch. It was an ad on Craigslist, said Manu Pohani, who owns the rescue dog with his girlfriend, Margaret Mak, that led Georgie back to them late Friday evening.
“The young women who found Georgie saw our ad on Craigslist and, once they checked out our Facebook page, as well as the [DNAinfo New York article] about Georgie, they realized that Georgie was missed tremendously, and that we were not going to give up on him,” Pohani said.
Pohani said a 20-year-old Bronx resident spotted Georgie — without knowing about the search for him — in an acquaintance's apartment in The Bronx on Jan. 3.
"She said he was tied up in a corner, and it looked like something was wrong, so she decided to rescue the puppy from the apartment and take Georgie with her," he said.
The dog rescuer already had a pup at home so decided to give Georgie to her 8-year-old half-sister in New Rochelle, but after Georgie barked too much, the 20-year-old took Georgie back to her Bronx apartment, Pohani said.
"They said everyone quickly fell in love with Georgie," Pohani said, but the family happened upon Pohani's lost dog post on Craigslist, and quickly found his Facebook page and the media attention the search had garnered.
"They are all such good girls, and come from a wonderful family who clearly all loved Georgie and wanted what was best for him," said Pohani, who picked up Georgie from the Bronx apartment late Friday night. "They said they didn't want the [$2,500] reward, but we insisted they take it."
"We don't know how Georgie ended up in The Bronx, but we're just so happy that the girls found him, and brought him back to us," Pohani added. "We're forever grateful."
Three tracking dogs from Lost Pet Professionals, a national company that uses animal detectives to find missing pets, had also searched the streets of Lower Manhattan in the hope of finding the small black poodle mix, who escaped while on a walk on Christmas.