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Family Pleads For Thief To Return Stolen Companion Dog

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A teenage girl's companion dog was stolen along with the family's car, and the family is pleading that the dog will be returned.Sandy is a 4-year-old male, tan and white Chihuahua mix. Jody Thompson and her daughter left Sandy in their 1986 bronze Nissan Maxima for about four minutes on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. when they stopped by a Target on Cherry Avenue and 68th Street in Long Beach to fill the daughter's prescription. When they returned to her car, it and Sandy were gone.

Surveillance footage from the Target reveals someone getting out of a white construction truck with an extended cab that was parked next to the Nissan, and then getting into the Nissan and driving away. The truck followed the Nissan. The Nissan was found by police in Bellflower, but Sandy is still missing. The family says that nothing of value had been stolen from the car.

Sandy belongs to Thompson's 19-year-old daughter, Emily. Thompson said Sandy and Emily have been inseparable since the family got him in 2011. Emily is a special needs patient with medical conditions that include enlarged tonsils, the Long Beach Post reports. Thompson said her daughter's tonsils swell when she is upset and it makes it difficult for her to breathe, and that she can also get sick very easily. Sandy would typically calm the girl in stressful situations, but she's been crying ever since Sandy was taken.

Sandy was last seen wearing a collar and a metal chain, but he does not have a tag and he is not microchipped. Anyone with information should call Long Beach Crpl. Joe Starbird at 562-570-7364, or Animal Care Services at 562-570-7387.