Freddie, a silky terrier, bolted from a dog-sitter’s Miramar house Monday morning, and obviously was rescued by the woman.
“She kept Freddie for five days despite the fact that he has a collar with my number on it,” said Rodriguez, who told Gossip Extra Tuesday that he believed Freddie was dognapped. “But we are very grateful and thankful she finally did the right thing.
“He looks very healthy and clean. She took very good care of him.”
Coral Gables resident Rodriguez, the CBS affiliate’s main weeknight anchor, was about to pick up the six-year-old Freddie from the sitter after a vacation, when the doggie ran away through an open door at the Courtyards at Nautica complex.
Rodriguez spent the better part of the week searching the area and distributing flyers promising a reward.
“I got a phone call at 9 p.m. from someone who said she’d give me the dog at a gas station in Miramar in five minutes,” Rodriguez said. “I was preparing for the 11 p.m. news so I couldn’t go. But two producers went and brought Freddie back.”
And as he had done many times before, Freddie took his place off camera but close to the anchorman’s desk right on time for the late newscast!