PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Who look Louie? Bernard Sanford is hunting for his best friend. Last night, he cried over it, but tonight he's stapling flyers on telephone poles in the dark, hoping someone knows where 8-year-old Louie is. The last time he saw his Yorkie was around ten Tuesday night thanks to a video camera he put up outside.
FOX 29's Brad Sattin spoke with the family.
A delivery man came to the door with a pizza. Bernard's daughter answered and told the man he had the wrong house.
"After I found out that it wasn't our pizza, I closed the door and the dog had gotten out," said Gigi Sanford.
Within 15 minutes, Bernard believes a couple driving on a nearby street spotted the dog. The woman got out, and chased Louie back home, right up to their front door, according to the video. Moments later, the man drives by, spots the woman and dog, gets out of the car, walks to them, and picks up Louie. Together, they leave.
Neighbor Stephanie Noraj saw what happened. But in the darkness, figured the dog belonged to the couple.
"It was the lady that was screaming out Boo Boo and he guy came down the street, and then all of a sudden he got out of the car, and he took the dog," she said.
As Bernard watched his story on FOX 29 at six, he knows that on any other night, Louie would be snuggled on his lap.
Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows the heartbreak. But for Bernard it's more. A few years ago, he lost two of his sons, Bernard Jr. in a car crash and then Sabir, who was murdered.
"The puppy was like a therapy puppy for the family. He was like nice and kind. To my daughters, he was like, they had another little brother," Bernard explained.
And to the couple who snatched Louie, Bernard says, "We'll forgive you just bring the dog back because the dog is real important to the family. I don't care if you just bring him out here and tie him to the gate. You're forgiven, no charges pressed against you. You won't go to jail because we need the dog."