Family searches for pup thought stolen
It was only three weeks ago that Kim Wilson's daughters welcomed their new puppy into the family.
Darian, 10, and Taya, 5, met their new Jack Russell terrier when their father pulled him out of a box on Christmas. The girls' eyes lit up immediately.
"They were really excited when their dad surprised them with him," Wilson said. "They were real surprised. They've been wanting a dog for quite some time."
It didn't take long for Taya to give the dog a name: Pork Chop.
"The name fits him," Wilson said of the 12-week-old, brown-and-white pup.
Wilson's daughters have spent plenty of time shouting Pork Chop's name the past few days, only the puppy hasn't come running in response. The family believes the dog was stolen Monday afternoon from their back yard.
Wilson said Pork Chop usually stayed in the house in the neighborhood at First Terrace and Fawn Valley, but he'd been let out into the yard to run around.
"We usually don't leave him out there by himself," she said. "But I have a 3-month-old baby, and the dog had to go to the bathroom and asked to go out."
Wilson said she kept an eye on Pork Chop from the window, but eventually she went to tend to her crying baby. When Wilson came back, Pork Chop was gone."
She broke the news to her daughters a few minutes later when they returned home from school. The news broke their hearts, Wilson said, but the family quickly went to work. Their grandfather printed fliers, and the girls went door-to-door to see if neighbors or classmates had seen Pork Chop.
"We were handing out fliers up by the school and a lady said she saw two girls take him from my yard," Wilson said. "She said she'd seen them before."
Ironically, this isn't the first time the family has had a dog stolen. The same thing happened five years ago when they had a 2-year-old boxer.
"We were moving, and the dog was real hyper," Wilson said. "We locked her in the fenced in area while we went to move our stuff. When we went back to get her, our fence was open and she was gone."
That dog had been a gift for Darian, then 5 years old.
"We thought, 'Not again,'" Wilson said of the latest event.
Police Chief Steve Wayman said animal thefts were a rare occurrence in Lansing, and he said they were difficult to track down.
"It's not like there's a license plate on the back of that animal," he said. "Animal thefts are really tough because collars can come off, and that dog might not even look the same a few weeks or a few months from now."
Although difficult, Wayman said if the neighbor's report of seeing two girls take the dog was accurate, it might simplify an investigation.
"It's no problem for us to track them and try to at least go talk and see the parents, because even the parents might not know (where the dog came from)," he said. ""Every little bit of information helps."
Wayman said the best way for owners to protect their dogs from theft was to have them chipped, where an electronic chip is placed in the dog. The chip contains the dog's personal and ownership information. Pork Chop did not have a chip.
Any information about the whereabouts of Pork Chop can be directed to Wilson at 351-3253.