GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A therapy puppy was taken from the hands of a 7-year-old boy outside an elementary school.
The dog snatching apparently took place this past Saturday outside of Burton Elementary. The 4-month-old Pitbull puppy named Ghost was used to help ease the burden of anxiety disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder, but he was stolen right out of the hands of 7-year-old, Raymond Monsalvo.
Raymond and his mother, Sara Zukowski, said they've only had the puppy for two weeks. Saturday, Raymond walked the dog to the local park at Burton Elementary where he was allegedly approached by three larger boys asking to pet the dog: That's when the boys grabbed the puppy and took off running.
Raymond's mother, Sara, has been posting pictures of the dog on Craigslist hoping to find some answers in the dog snatching. The puppy was last seen wearing a black-and-white skull collar with a bright red leash. The family is still hoping for the return of the little puppy that helps Raymond cope.
"We have the puppy because my son suffers from anxiety and ADD, and gives him a sense of responsibility, concentration, focus and comfort," said Zukowski. "It's real upsetting that kids that age are willing to take a dog from someone like that."
Zukowski said they're willing to offer a reward to get the puppy back. Just two weeks ago, Zukowski said a Yorkshire Terrier was stolen from her neighbor's backyard.
The local humane society is unable to help Zukowski given the unknown details in the alleged crime.