Hempstead family reunited with injured dog

The dog was snatched from Omar Ayala a

The dog was snatched from Omar Ayala a year ago and is now seriously injured.

HEMPSTEAD - A Hempstead family has been reunited with their long lost dog.
 
<p>The Yorkshire terrier, named Coby, was snatched from 3-year-old Omar Ayala a year ago.
 
<p>Omar's mother, Karen Ayala, began a desperate search for the dog, including putting up signs and posting a plea for help on Facebook.
 
<p>On Monday, the Ayalas got a phone call saying that the dog was at an animal hospital in Freeport.
 
<p>However, the the 5-pound animal was badly injured, and had third-degree burns on 30 percent of its body.
 
<p>Veterinarian Dr. Douglas Wyler says Coby was malnourished and close to death. He believes someone poured hot water or oil on the dog's body to cause the burns.
 
<p>Impressed by the dog's relentless spirit, Dr. Wyler decided to give the family a Christmas gift they'll never forget: he is treating the dog for free.
 
<p>Karen Ayala says she is thankful because her son was just diagnosed with kidney disease and they can't afford to pay more medical bills.</p>

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