A Marysville, Wash. family who nearly lost everything in 2010 are now searching for their stolen dog. On Friday, Jan. 17, KOMO 4 News reported that a West Highland Terrier named "Lily" was stolen from her family's yard on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The family's Marysville home on 52nd Ave. N.E. caught on fire in 2010. The home was a total loss, but all family members - including their dog, Lily - survived.
“In a way, it’s kind of tough, because you know that you’re never going to get that house back,” stated Jacob Boober, 16.
“I mean, I grew up in that house.”
The family rebuilt their home and moved back in, getting a second dog to accompany Lily.
But right now, they're one family member short - and they're doing all they can to find their missing dog.
“It is suspicious,” said police Commander Robb Lamoureux of Lily’s disappearance.
The family heard their dog barking outside the home on Tuesday night - and then there was silence. Jacob went outside to investigate. The family heard a young child calling out to their dog and a silver four-door car drive away.
Lily hasn't been seen since.
“(My mom) yelled for me to come outside and she said, ‘something’s going on outside.’ She thought she heard someone say, 'here, doggie!' The next thing I knew, they were driving down the road and (Lily) was gone,” Jacob said.
“I knew my dog was in that car so immediately I was thinking of where I could look and where to go.”
The family filed a police report for their stolen dog and Jacob put up flyers in their neighborhood and posted listings on Craigslist and on missing dog forums.
A reward is offered for the safe return of this stolen dog.
“I think it’s a pretty disgusting thing to steal someone’s dog,” Jacob said. “She is part of the family.”
Sadly, the mysterious disappearance of dogs in Washington state is a common occurrence. In 2012, a dog named Nahla disappeared in Seattle, Wash. - only to be found months later after an extensive search.
And a bulldog named Deuce is still missing three months after he disappeared from his Seattle home.
But there is hope for victims of dog theft - as evidenced by the safe return of a stolen dog in Spokane, Wash. earlier this month.
There are multiple resources for pet guardians with missing pets. The Missing Pet Partnership provides tips to find missing animals and 3 Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helps people in Washington state locating their missing dogs and cats.
On Facebook, Help FIND Nahla, Stop Pet Theft, Helping Lost Pets, and Lost & Found Pets WA State are excellent resources for those whose animals are missing. These sites have helped countless missing dogs and cats find their way home once again.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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