This has not been a good year for Roger LeClair, a 93-year-old World War II veteran from Downey,) California. His daughter died, he was in an accident and then Lola, his 12-year-old teacup Chihuahua, was stolen right out of his own front yard.
A neighbor boy had seen a woman in a red car pull up to the home and take Lola. When the boy asked what she was doing, she told him that the dog was going to the vet. That was the last anyone saw of the woman or the dog.
"I miss her so much. She's just the love of my life and she's almost like my heart, you know. And I want her back so bad," LeClair said.
LeClair and Lola are well known in the Downey area. They were reunited after Lola was spotted running loose in a schoolyard. The dognapper may have panicked and turned her loose when she saw all the publicity.
I can't help wondering if some well meaning animal rights moron thought LeClaire was too old to properly care for a dog. That happened last year in the nearby Los Angeles area when two women passed themselves off as police officers to steal a dog and threaten to deport a man because they thought (wrongly) that a dog was being mistreated.