Dognappers steal service animal, canine from Lengthy Seashore lady with incapacity


LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A 66-year-old lady is devasted after her service canine was stolen from her Lengthy Seashore dwelling on Saturday.

The girl suffers from mobility well being points and relied on her four-legged companion to assist her.

The dognappers had been caught on a surveillance digital camera snagging the 100-pound German shepherd. The stolen canine named Jack belongs to Lisa Hartouni who’s disabled. She was coaching Jack to be her service animal.

“It is really actually devastating. I simply completely miss him he was a lot part of my life. He was selecting stuff up for me from the ground. He would really typically give me a hand getting up,” Hartouni stated.

Based on Hartouni, about two weeks earlier than Jack was stolen, an unknown man stopped her and Jack whereas they had been out for a stroll. The person informed Hartouni that was his buddy’s canine.

“I stated no. I’ve had him since he was 2 months outdated. The man insisted that it was his buddy’s canine,” Hartouni stated. “From that time on, I felt I used to be being watched.”

Hartouni stated the dognapping occurred in 10 minutes. After taking Jack for his daily-afternoon stroll, Jack was left to play on the fenced-front garden and Hartouni went inside to seize him some treats. That is when the canine nappers got here up the driveway, opened the gate and snagged the canine.

“It’s onerous to understand that somebody is that gutsy,” Hartouni stated. “I need the canine again.”

Neighborhood members have created a Gofundme web page to lift reward cash for the one that returns Jack safely. The Lengthy Seashore Police Division is surveillance footage from across the space and speaking to neighbors.

“That you must return the canine,” Hartouni stated. “You’ll be able to take him to a pound, he’s chipped. You’ll be able to take him to a pet retailer. You’ll be able to take him to anyplace that may learn chips.”

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