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An Abducted Guide Dog Was Returned To Her Blind Owner With An Apology Note

Qiaoqiao, also called Jojo, was missing for 35 hours before she was returned.

Posted on February 25, 2016, at 5:08 p.m. ET

It's hard to imagine how much this beautiful dog suffered during her 35-hour long abduction from her blind owner.

Beijing Youth Daily / Via

Before you get too upset, good news! She was returned Tuesday night with an apology note believed to be from the abductors.

Seven-year-old Qiaoqiao, whose English name is Jojo, was reportedly forced into a silver minivan by several people near her home in the outskirt of Beijing on Monday morning, while enjoying a walk with a member of her owner's family.


The van used a fake plate, the police later found out.

Her owner, 47-year-old Tian Fengbo is legally blind and needs Jojo's guidance to walk to work in his massage parlor every morning. The two have been working and living together day and night for almost six years.

Fawan / Via

"She is my family and my eyes," Tian told the Beijing News in an interview after the horrible abduction caused unprecedented fury across Chinese social media.

Courtesy of Peng Ziyang, The Beijing News / Via

The hashtag #LookForGuideDogJojo immediately began trending on Weibo after the call for help being shared by state-run CCTV, Xinhua, and countless other local media outlets.


The hashtag garnered millions of views and tens of thousands of comments demanding the return of the dog.

"I'm really speechless, how can you steal a guide dog!! Do you know how much efforts it take to train a guide dog," reads a Weibo comment.

The country has an extremely skewed ratio of blind citizens and guide dogs: there are more than 16 million visually impaired people vs about 100 registered guide dogs.

Courtesy of Wang Lin
Courtesy of Wang Lin

Jojo's graduation certificate

Wang Lin, Jojo's trainer and one of the more than a dozen employees from Dalian China Guide Dog Training Center, got a call from Tian shortly after the abduction happened and posted on Weibo for help: "Please don't hurt my 'second daughter' Qiaoqiao."

Courtesy of Wang Lin

Thankfully, Jojo was found running toward home on Tuesday when relatives and friends of Tian , her blind owner, headed out in another desperate search. "Please forgive," read the note that was attached to Jojo.

Courtesy of Peng Ziyang, The Beijing News

Wang is relieved that Jojo returned, but noted that Chinese society needs to raise its level of concern about guide dogs.

Courtesy of Wang Lin / Via

With its current shortage of financial and human resources, the center can only train successfully a few dozen dogs each year, Wang said in a WeChat conversation with BuzzFeed News.

The Dailan Center is already the country's main guide dog training center and trained the dog used in the 2008 Paralympic Games. The local government provides $10,000 for each's dog training, and the center has to find another $10,000 on their own.

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According to the New York Times, the center is training 80 more, with 20 puppies expected to soon join them. The NGO gives the dogs to the applicants for free, but there are thousands of applicants waiting to have a helper and companion like Tian does.

Courtesy of Peng Ziyang, The Beijing News / Via

It's no wonder Tian reportedly couldn't sleep or eat while Jojo was missing. And it is such a relief to see the two of them happily together again.

Fawan / Via

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.