First their dog was stolen - and now their missing dog posters are being stolen, as well. But if you know the man depicted in this photo and video, you might be able to help solve this missing dog case.
During the early morning of Friday, Jan. 24, a man with a knife in hand went to each poster depicting a missing dog named "Deuce" and removed them, one by one. He might have thought that he wouldn't be noticed at 3:30 a.m. - but he was wrong.
Deuce the bulldog has been missing since Oct. 5, 2013. His mysterious disappearance from his Seattle home has led many to believe that this is a stolen dog case - and the case has only become stranger with the theft of these posters. But now the man who has been stealing the posters is depicted in video evidence - and animal advocates are asking for help in identifying this man.
The reward for the missing bulldog's safe return has been increased to $3000. His family is also offering a $500 reward for information that leads to bringing Deuce home.
If you recognize the man in this picture or video, that money could go a long way.
The Podhola family, including two young children, have been searching tirelessly for their missing family member for months - and they won't stop until he comes home.
The Podhola family also made a YouTube video of their missing dog.
Deuce, who lives with his family in Seattle off of NW 101st St., disappeared from his yard at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.
"I was away for the afternoon volunteering at a preschool fundraiser and my husband was at home with the kids," explained Deuce's guardian, Jessica Podhola.
Deuce has been a beloved member of the Podhola family for seven years. The sweet bulldog has lovingly watched over the Podhola children and his absence is felt every minute of every day.
"Deuce was my first baby," stated Jessica Podhola.
"He often came to work with me. He guarded me while I was pregnant. He loved our kids (Enzo, age 3 and Mila, 22 months), and he especially enjoyed hugs and cuddles from Mila. And more importantly, he loved their leftovers and crumb trails. He would do anything for food - any food," Podhola recalled.
Have you seen this missing dog? Do you know the man depicted in this photo?
Podhola added: "He's not just a dog. He's not just a pet. He's part of our family."
The Podhola family has worked diligently to ensure that their missing dog comes home - but despite the diligent work of the family and several volunteers, their "missing" posters continue to go missing themselves. But now there's a face to go with the strange occurrences.
Missing dog posters are often taken down during occurrences of theft. Because he is microchipped and motivated to stay close to home, the Podhola family believes that this is a stolen dog case - and there have only been a few promising leads...until now.
"Deuce is microchipped and we've been checking with all of the shelters in the area," Podhola explained.
"He's not the type to wander off or stray far from home, especially around feeding time. In addition, it would be very unlikely he could make it out of the cul de sac as the streets surrounding our townhouse are extremely busy (100th Ave NW and Holman/3rd in Crown Hill)."
Three months later, this stolen dog case looks to be growing cold - but the Podhola family won't give up on Deuce.
"He's small for a male English bulldog, weighing in around 58 pounds," Podholda stated.
Podhola added: "If he returned, it would mean the world to us. We've lost a member of our family. He's so much more than just a pet; he was an integral part of our daily lives."
Do you have any information about this missing dog? If so, please contact Jessica Podhola at 206 351 5304.
Updates to this missing dog story will be posted as they occur.
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