Bikini-Wearing Pet Owner Retrieves Dog in Tijuana for $5,000

Pierre's owner paid a $5,000 reward for his return

By R. Stickney and Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 4:20 PM PDT
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A Hillcrest woman and her friend stood in the rain Saturday trying to get attention for her lost dog - sound familiar? Kara Pennington explains why she's standing out in a bikini during a winter storm in this report from NBC 7's Artie Ojeda.

A Hillcrest woman and her friend stood in the rain Saturday trying to get attention for her lost dog - sound familiar? Kara Pennington explains why she's standing out in a bikini during a winter storm in this report from NBC 7's Artie Ojeda.

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After pleading for help during the weekend storm wearing only a bikini, a Hillcrest woman was reunited with her dog in Tijuana.

Kara Pennington and her friend stood in the rain Saturday trying to get attention for her lost white poodle named Pierre. The dog apparently slipped out of an open door on Wednesday.

The two stood outside in the rain, wind and cold in bikinis asking for help. Pennington said they also passed out fliers in the area.

Pennington offered a $5,000 reward for his return. On Sunday, Pennington received a call from someone in Tijuana saying they bought her dog for $200 in the U.S.

Pennington agreed to meet the person at a Tijuana police station to buy the dog back. She paid the person $5,000.

San Diegans have seen this tactic before.

In November 2011, Arlene Mossa Corona wore her bikini to help locate her dog Chispeta. The woman's appearance at the intersection of La Jolla Drive and Genesee attracted more attention than she may have expected, however, when she later told NBCSanDiego she was the victim of a stalker.

"It's just turned into something that I didn't think it would," Corona said in a Nov. 25 interview.

Then, several days after Corona was videotaped holding signs for her lost dog, new details came to light. 

A spokesperson for the San Diego County Animal Services reported the dog had in fact been picked up by the girl's mother the day before the stunt.

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