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Dog stolen from grandfather in Boyle Heights

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Last week, 14 January 2014 in the afternoon in Boyle Heights, two Latino men took an elderly man's only friend, and battered the 87-year-old as he held on to the rear view mirrors attempting to retrieve his 2-year-old dog.

According to Joe Segovia, his grandfather spends the day all alone except for his little friend, Shorty. Shorty is a black and tan Chihuahua. His grandfather took a walk down to the corner liquor store and was smoking. Shorty was off-leash and wandered into the store. Two Latino guys picked up the dog and wrapped him in a shirt.

Although the elderly man protested that it was his dog, the two men go into a white full-size van with a blue horizontal stripe near the bottom. The man hung on to the window and mirror on the passenger side to attempt to reclaim his puppy.

The grandfather was slapped twice and fell off. The man can barely walk.

Segovia said his grandfather described the two men as Latino. The youngest was in his mid-to-early twenties, thin about 5 foot 8. He was wearing a black shirt and jeans. The older guy was in his forties wearing a white shirt and white jeans. The incident happened near Tremont and Pomeroy in Boyle Heights between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. That means, broad daylight.

The dog has no chip and was not wearing a collar. Shorty has distinctive characteristics: double incisors on both the top and bottom of his mouth, which makes is difficult for him to chew things like crackers.

If you have any information, please call: 323-517-3723. A $500 reward is being offered for the dog's safe return. A police report has been filed.

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