Imagine going on a routine stroll or walk with your dog and your family one day. You have to leave your canine outside of the gas station for a few moments, only to come out and discover that your dog has been stolen. It was the stuff that nightmares are made of in St. Paul, Minnesota, when the Tobar family lost their dog Kika, a white poodle-Yorkie mix this past Saturday.
Isabel Orbe and her husband Danilo say that they were at a gas station when their beloved pet went missing. The family had stopped briefly at the convenience store during their walk when they were unsure if they would be allowed to be accommodated with a dog. The couple ended up going in sans canine and spent less than five minutes there – the two were devastated when they discovered that their beloved Kika was gone once they stepped outside.
“I was more heartbroken for my son,” said Isabel. “He asked right away, ‘Where’s Kika?’ I said ‘I don’t know, baby.’ I didn’t know what to say to him, because I didn’t want to say, ‘They stole your dog.’”
Luckily, they acted quick on their feet. Police publicized their case on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, also releasing surveillance pictures of the suspect. Perhaps because of the surveillance photos, the 3-month-old dog has thankfully since been returned to St. Paul law enforcement and its rightful owners. Apparently, someone other than the people in the videos turned the dog in – and the people are still looking for the suspect. The surveillance video footage actually showed a man running from the scene shortly after Kika was born.
“This is what it’s all about,” policeman Sgt. Ron Jeffery as he watched the reunion that he helped make happen.
(Photo Source: Ginger Prinson/Pioneer Press)