September 21, 2022

Dog Reunited With Owner After Being Stolen In August From Jackson County

Morgan Howard

Harley, a beloved dog who was stolen, along with a vehicle in August, has been found!

On August 18th, police announced that they were searching for 33-year-old Jeffery Joseph Balius Jr. He was wanted for Motor Vehicle Theft and Dog Theft and by MDOC after stealing a vehicle with the dog inside in the St. Martin community of Jackson County.

The dog’s owner, Grace Holley said that her father drove out to the road that the dog went missing from and was handing out flyers with a reward. After receiving a flyer, one of the people he spoke with went out to search in the area and happened to find Harley underneath an old woman’s trailer.

It took this man three hours to coax the terrified dog out from underneath the trailer, but he was good with animals and finally coaxed Harley to come out.

Grace Holley’s parents immediately came to pick up the dog and facetimed their daughter to show her that they had Harley safe and sound!

“She’s pretty scared and traumatized, but I’m going to see her as soon as I get off work Friday.”

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