An Arleta family is “heartbroken” after their “teeny, tiny, little-toy Poodle” disappeared from their home earlier this month, and now officials want the public’s help for her safe return.
Tequila, a 6-year-old white pooch, went missing from Mike and Jessica Molina’s home March 5, in the 1400 block of Pinney Street during a burglary.
“Some callous person broke in through a window and ransacked the home,” said Los Angeles Police Officer Kelli Pickart. “It was bad enough to take this family’s computer, but to take their precious pet; it’s really maddening.”
The burglars got away with more than $10,000 worth of loot during the day-time heist, but it the loss of Tequila that was most heartbreaking for the family's 10 year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
In their eyes, it feels more like a kidnapping than a burglary.
This is the third incident in the past year in the Mission area where a pet was taken from a home as part of the “crook’s haul,” according to an LAPD news release.
Officials worry that the 5-pond pup may have been a gift for an unsuspecting person, unaware of the family that desperately wants her back.
Although they are not wealthy, the Molina's are offering a small compensation for the safe return of Tequila.
Officer Pickart has also vowed, “no questions asked” for her return to the Mission Police Station.
Officials are asking anyone with information about Tequila or the burglary to call 818-838-9864.