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Dog's stolen ashes returned to Parkland, Wash. woman

Cremating deceased pets can help us remember a dear friend who has passed on
Cremating deceased pets can help us remember a dear friend who has passed on
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On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Tacoma New Tribune reported that a dog's stolen ashes were finally returned to her Parkland, Wash. owner.

Onyx, a 165-pound Rottweiler, passed away two years ago at the age of 13 and was cremated by her owner, Kim Johnson. Johnson then placed the ashes in a box that was stolen one year ago.

"I've looked for her ever since," Johnson said.

"I've lain awake nights wondering where she is."

Onyx's ashes were returned to Johnson yesterday after the box containing them was sold at a Puyallup, Wash. Goodwill for $2.99.

Puyallup artist Gerry Sperry purchased the box on Dec. 31 - and he received lots of email from other people who were missing ashes. When Johnson saw the box, she realized that it was the one stolen from her so long ago.

"It brings closure to someone who really loved their pet," he said.

"It obviously was emotional for her, and I'm glad the story has a happy ending."

Johnson's Rottweiler was her companion from the time the dog was five weeks old.

"She went everywhere with me," Johnson said.

"When the box was stolen, I filed a police report. We got files that had been taken, but not what matter most - Onyx."

Cremating one's deceased pets has become increasingly popular. There are multiple options for pet cremation in Washington state, including Peaceful Paws, Precious Pets, Tacoma Pet Crematory, and Life Cycle Pet Cremation.

While stolen pets have made the news in Washington state recently, including the case of Deuce the bulldog, the theft of a pet's ashes is far less common.

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