On Election Day, News 8 reported the story of James Jefferys, who answered an ad posted on craigslist, an online classified service.
When the Garland man went to meet up with the seller in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, he was jumped. Thieves shoved the barrel of a gun in Jefferys' mouth.
Then they stole his car with his dog, Impala, inside.
"I just want my dog back; it's like my son," Jefferys said last week. I've had him since he's nine weeks old, and that's all I care about."
Many viewers contacted News 8 and Jefferys, wanting to help. But he wanted to help himself — and quickly.
So he went back to the Oak Cliff neighborhood where the dog was stolen and plastered it with fliers offering a $5,000 reward for the return of Impala.
After nine days of looking, he got a call.
"I went to the house and walked in and there he was, man — right there! He just went ballistic," Jefferys said.
An Oak Cliff family found Impala wandering in the street about four hours after he was stolen.
"I told them, 'I gotta go get the money. I'll be right back to you. You can keep the dog 'til I come back.'" Jefferys said. "And it was like, 'No, we don't want the money; we're just happy to see you back with your dog.'"
After a lesson in the darker side of human nature, James Jefferys got another lesson to balance it all back out.