A Hollywood family is desperately searching for a nine-year-old Yorkshire terrier that was allegedly snatched at gunpoint.
The dog’s owner, Damica Clark, said the dog, named India, has an intestinal infection and needs medicine to stay healthy. Clark said she hopes whoever has India “isn’t abusing her and treats her well. She’s really sick right now.”
Clark was working a double-shift on Monday and her brother, Darren, offered to dog-sit the terrier. Darren said he took the dog for a walk and on his way back home from Young’s Circle, he said he was approached by a man near a grocery store on Washington Street.
“Tried to sell me whatever he had on him. I didn’t know what. I figured cigarettes or what not,” Darren said. “But I just bypassed the whole ordeal. ‘Sorry sir, I’m not interested,’ and kept it moving.”
Darren said that’s when the man pressed the barrel of a gun against his rib cage.
“He wanted me to empty my pockets,” Darren said. “I didn’t have any cash on hand so he took my two cell phones and my sister’s dog.”
Darren said the man then got into a parked SUV near the store and sped off. While the dog may not end up getting the crook much money, to the family, the dog is priceless.
“It’s part of our family,” Clark said. “It’s been here for like eight years. Pets become a part of our family.”
Darren filed a police report and the family has posted flyers and is trying to get the word out via Facebook to bring India back home.