Phoenix woman believes mini dachshund stolen

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- A Phoenix woman is trying to figure out what happened to her miniature dachshund, who disappeared while she was sleeping.

Jenna Cadwallader said she and her purebred miniature dachshund, Peso, are inseparable.

“He’s just my best friend,” Cadwallader said.

But what happened to the little guy remains a mystery. Cadwallader said she woke up the night of Sept. 26 to the frantic barking of her other dog.

“He was just barking, going absolutely insane, barking, hopping up and down on his hind end, going crazy,” Cadwallader described.

When she walked into her living room, she noticed her sliding glass door was wide open. Cadwallader said she distinctly remembers closing the door before bed.

She believes someone snuck into her North Phoenix home and possibly took Peso before the large dog scared off the intruder.

“It’s a terrible feeling to feel you’ve been broken into," Cadwallader said. "A TV or a computer can be replaced, but I can’t replace him.”

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating, while Cadwallader and her family and friends search for answers on their own, passing out fliers and scouring Valley shelters, veterinarians' offices and neighborhoods.

“We’re hoping somebody doesn’t know that he’s a stolen dog, a lost dog, that he’s part of our family,” said Gina Cadwallader, Jenna's mother.

The Cadwalladers are just desperate to get him back.

“Anyone who might know where he is, or maybe has him now, we’re offering a $1,000 reward, no questions asked, just to have him back,” Jenna Cadwallader said.