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Gold Coast man given $5k after finding real estate agent couple’s missing French bulldog

Heartwarming moment a good Samaritan is given $5k as he reunites a desperate couple with their puppy after it vanished from their home

  • Two-year-old French bulldog Herbie was reunited with Gold Coast couple   
  • He went missing on Monday afternoon in Robina, leaving the couple concerned
  • Conner Malan, 29 and wife Elly, 33, are agents with Ray White Real Estate  
  • They tried to use their large social media following to spread the word 
  • Herbie was found by a Robina resident on Tuesday afternoon, who reached out 
  • The couple then went over to his house to deliver the $5,000 reward 
  • Conner told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We were so elated when we found him’

A good Samaritan has pocketed $5,000 after reuniting a beloved French bulldog with his concerned owners after he went missing for 24 hours. 

On Monday afternoon, Gold Coast couple Conner Malan, 29, and wife Elly, 33, kicked off a frantic search after their two-year-old French bulldog Herbie vanished from their Robina home.

The couple, who are agents for Ray White Real Estate, used their large following on social media to spread the word. 

Gold Coast couple Elly Malan (left), 33, and Conner Malan (right), 29 were reunited with their two-year-old French bulldog after he went missing from their Robina home on Monday afternoon

The couple used their large social media following to try and spread the word throughout the community about Herbie (pictured)

The couple’s friends, family and community banded together and, after a full day of searching, Herbie was found by a Robina resident on Tuesday afternoon, not far from his home. 

Herbert Schulz had noticed the pup running down his street and quickly reached out to Conner and Elly.

‘What are the odds that his name is Herbert, like how’s that for an omen that the guy that found our dog is name Herbert,’ Conner told 9News. 

The couple went and paid him a visit to give him the $5,000 reward.  

Conner told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday: ‘We were so elated when we found him.’

Robina resident Herbert Schulz (pictured, right) found Herbie walking in his front yard and quickly got in contact with Conner and Elly (left). They gave Herbert the $5,000 reward for finding their dog

Robina resident Herbert Schulz (pictured, right) found Herbie walking in his front yard and quickly got in contact with Conner and Elly (left). They gave Herbert the $5,000 reward for finding their dog

‘The whole experience was pretty traumatic given all the French bulldogs that have recently been stolen in the area…the whole situation felt super fishy.’

Conner said they offered the reward early in the hopes of finding Herbie quickly. 

‘Herb had a collar on with a phone number that was never called and he pretty much vanished. Hence our serious concern,’ he said. 

‘We added the $5,000 reward early thinking it would turn up the heat on anyone who may be holding him and considering keeping him.’

After being reunited with their pet, the couple were excited to take him home. 

‘We were just drained after a super intense and emotional 24 hours…we didn’t sleep or eat,’ he said.

‘Us and Herb all went home ate and passed out.’

'The whole experience was pretty traumatic given all the French Bulldogs that have recently been stolen in the area...the whole situation felt super fishy,' Conner (pictured with wife Elly and dog Herbie) told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday

‘The whole experience was pretty traumatic given all the French Bulldogs that have recently been stolen in the area…the whole situation felt super fishy,’ Conner (pictured with wife Elly and dog Herbie) told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday 

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