Tempe family begs for thieves to return stolen dog


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:01 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe Police are searching for a couple of "dog-nappers."

The Wells family lives near Elliot Road and McClintock Drive. They came home Friday night to find their house ransacked, and their 10-year-old collie-Chihuahua mix, Lucky, gone.

Ana Wells rescued Lucky from the Arizona Humane Society a decade ago, and said an old injury gave her a trademark walk.

"She has leg issues, and walks backwards. Backwards up stairs, backwards outside," Wells told 3TV in an interview at the Tempe Police Department.

"She's a mutt, a rescue, and has no value to anyone but us," Ana's husband, Brian added.

They say their toddler, Jackson, has been wondering where Lucky is, too, pointing to her dog bed and water bowl.

"He uses his baby sign language. It's really sad," Ana said.

The Wells have spent the last few days searching Craigslist and local shelters, but have had no luck.

Their neighbors report seeing two young men in a blue Toyota car at the home. The car had "11" on the windshield, as if it had just been driven off a used car lot. They also say the car had a specialty "Environmental" Arizona license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tempe Police.