Thanks to help from Mountain Area residents and the media spreading word, a statue that graced the Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s entrance for at least 10 years was returned last week.
“We are all incredibly happy,” said Sally Wider-Reda, practice manager at the hospital. “It’s got some scrapes and bruises, but we’ll be able to mount it back on there. It’s back to its home.”
The statue, discovered stolen Dec. 7 and returned Dec. 10, caused heartbreak for both employees at the facility and for the community at large, who all lamented the theft.
But, Wider-Reda said, thanks to Facebook posts and news outlets like the Sierra Star reporting on the missing statue, it was gratefully returned, placed in plain sight across the street from the hospital.
“I didn’t think it would become such a big deal like this,” Wider-Reda said. “I mean, it was to us, but it was great to see everyone in the community get involved and help us out so much.
“All I know about it being stolen is it’s back. And it feels great.”