The puppy known as "Ralphie" to the local media instantly made Chicago headlines after he was tossed from a moving vehicle on December 10. Ralphie, actually named Bentley, was reunited with his owner, Guillermo Roman, on December 27.
The nine-month old puppy named Bentley, according to TribLocal, has resumed his life as a playful, healthy, sock-stealing and shoe-biting puppy.
Guillermo Roman, 18, originally began the search for his beloved pet on December 10th. It is believed that Bentley, while let outside to play, was small enough to squeeze through the slats of fenced in front yard of Roman's house on Greenshaw Ave. in Chicago.
A witness took down the license plate number of the vehicle from which the then unknown puppy was tossed during the December 10th incident in Elmhurst, IL. Sergio E. Muresan, 26, who also resides on Greenshaw Ave. in the 2400 block, was later contained by Elmhurst police and is now facing charges of cruel treatment of an animal, which may be punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail.
Roman discovered his dog's presence after seeing a photo of him while a local news source covered the story on television. After investigations proved that Roman had no association with Muresan, Roman drove with excitement on December 27th to the Villa Park animal hospital in DuPage county where Bentley was being treated for his much anticipated reunion.
Nearly one month after Bentley went missing, the puppy is now unscathed and settled back into his companionship with Roman. Although Roman believes that Bentley has now grown enough to be unable to fit through the slats in his fence, he has primarily been keeping his pet inside due to the cold winter weather. Roman, however, said that he has plans to spend plenty of time outside with Bentley come this summer.