POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A heartbroken dog owner says burglars broke into his Pompano Beach home and stole his beloved pet.
7News viewer Leonardo Moreira is still reeling from the loss of Bentley, his 7-month-old French bulldog.
“I’m just shocked,” he said. “He means everything to me.”
Tuesday morning, Moreira left his apartment along the 1200 block of South Dixie Highway to run errands. While gone, he put Bentley in his kennel.
But when Moreira returned home, he saw his front door had been busted in.
“They used a crowbar, and it looks like they might have had a saw or something,” he said as he showed 7News his broken door lock.
Moreira said both the puppy and some cash were stolen from his apartment.
“The first thing I noticed when I walked in here, I noticed the cage was open,” he said.
But Bentley was gone.
“I’ve had him since he was born,” said Moreira.
Moreira filed a report with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Meanwhile, his front door had to be replaced temporarily by the maintenance crew’s meter room door at his apartment complex.
Moreira urged those responsible for the break-in to return his puppy. “Just bring him back. I don’t care about anything else that you took,” he said. “I don’t care if you took all my money, I don’t care if you took all my clothes, all my jewelry. I just want the dog back.”
Anyone with information on Bentley’s whereabouts is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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