SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — An East Bay couple is offering a reward for their missing pet dog after the car it was in was stolen from a San Leandro shopping center.
San Leandro police were asking the public’s help in finding “Koda,” a 14-year-old Scottish terrier. Koda was inside a green 1994 Honda Accord in the parking lot of Marina Square Shopping Center on April 22 when the car was stolen.
Surveillance images show the suspect arrived in a white 1994-2001 Acura Integra, entered the Accord and drove off.
On Wednesday, KPIX 5 spoke with one of the owners about her concerns.
Inside Maria Perez’s San Leandro home, Koda’s water bowl sits empty.
“He means a lot to us. We miss him a lot and we love him a lot,” said Perez.
Maria and her husband have put up flyers and posted on their Facebook pages during their hunt for the 13-year-old Scottish terrier.
“To be honest, my car was the second thing I thought about,” said Perez. “It was more about Koda. It was devastating. I don’t know how he is or where he is, if he’s being treated right. Because we treat him like family.”
Koda isn’t healthy and needs daily medication.
“If he doesn’t take the medication, he probably will be dead, because he was very sick a couple months ago,” said Perez. “Like three days in the hospital.”
Donations are pouring in for a reward for Koda’s safe return. The amount raised is up to $800.
Meanwhile, Maria and her daughter’s hold out hope their beloved pup will return to his empty bed.
“It’s hard just to know who has him and if they’re treating him the way we would treat him,” said Perez.
Koda is described as an all-black, medium hair length terrier, weighing 19 lbs. Police said the owner has gotten word of unconfirmed sightings in the Richmond and El Cerrito areas.
San Leandro police urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of Koda or the owner’s 1994 Honda accord to contact the department.