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Stolen dog searches for his owners, help Prince find his way home?

Please help find Prince, stolen dog in Jacksonville, FL.
Please help find Prince, stolen dog in Jacksonville, FL.
First Coast News: Family Photo

The Goins family is asking the Jacksonville community to help find their beloved pet. Prince is a cherished member of the family, and he was stolen from the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) on Southside and Atlantic Blvd in Arlington on Tuesday (7/29/14) afternoon. While visiting family in Jacksonville, the Goins decided to have one last meal before heading back to Tampa. They did not want to leave Prince in the car due to warm temperatures, so they did the next right thing and tied him to the bench just outside the IHOP door. They provided him with water and a shady spot. Despite doing the right thing, the Goins are faced with human error in the stealing of their much-loved pet.

What the dog snatchers don’t know is the surveillance camera just outside the IHOP door caught the entire dognapping on film. The Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office was called and were investigating the incident. First Coast News first reported the story. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Prince they are asked to call the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office(JSO) at (904) 630-0500. A 5-year old and 9-year old miss their precious pup. 9-year old, Tristan sleeps with Prince every night and will now go sleepless with her favorite companion.

If you see a dog left unattended don’t just assume the worst. Not everyone means harm to a pet. The Goins did the right thing by not leaving the dog in the car. They provided Prince a safe place to wait as they fellowshipped over lunch. If you see a pet left unattended take a moment to educate rather than be in self-will and take the dog. The person who took Prince is kindly urged to contact JSO to return the dog safely to the family who loves him dearly.

A Reminder to ALL Dog Owners

When we know better, we do better. Let this story remind you that your pet is never safe left unattended anywhere. Leave your pet at home if you’re going to be engaging in family activities that do not directly involve the pet. Microchip your dog and keep the microchip information up to date so if your pet should go missing the chances of being reunited are that much greater. What will you do today to ensure your pets safety? And don’t forget to give your pet an extra hug and treat today just because their special no matter what.

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