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A family from northeast Philadelphia is seeking help from the public to find their beloved puppy, who has served as a therapy dog for teenagers and has been just feet from their home.
Elizabeth Colon said 6-month-old Niko puppy came out of the family home on the 800 block on Scattergood Street when she and her daughter took out the trash on Sept. 21, a Yorkie and Poodle mix, Colon’s 15-year-old Grandson helps deal with severe anxiety.
Colon said two high school-aged boys who were carrying backpacks walked down the street with a woman shortly after Niko got out. A neighbor told Colon that the three asked if the dog belonged to someone, to which the neighbor replied that she wasn’t sure, but that Niko might have belonged to someone in the neighborhood.
“They pretended to be looking around. If they had taken a good look around, we were at the door of the house. You left You took him, ”Colon said.
Since Niko was kidnapped, Colon’s grandson has been heartbroken and misses his best friend.
“He dropped to the floor and spent a lot of time there playing with [Niko]“Said Colon, remembering the good times her grandson had with the puppy. “The dog was always behind him. He slept with him. “
Colon said the family searched the neighborhood and regularly checked animal shelters to no avail. Some people have come forward and tried to help, with one person bringing them a dog similar to Niko.
The family actually traced the dog’s owner all the way back to north Philadelphia, Colon said. Now she hopes that someone else can reciprocate these efforts and bring Niko back to them.
The puppy weighs about five pounds, is gray, tan, and black, and has floppy ears, Colon said. Those with information are asked to contact family at 267-709-3509 or 267-506-5886. A reward of $ 200 will be offered.
Colon doesn’t think the people who took Niko did it out of malice. She added that the family just want Niko back and have no intention of filing a criminal complaint.
“The dog has no real monetary value,” Colon said. “Its value cannot be quantified with money, because it is about the health and mental well-being of a family and especially of a child.”