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Maltese Dog Snatched in Front of Northwest Miami-Dade Family's Home

Cristah Wallace said she is sad without her best friend, a 9-month-old dog named Lebron

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    A northwest Miami-Dade family needs your help looking for a loved one. Their nine-month-old Maltese named Lebron was snatched up right in front of their home on Monday – and the crime was caught on camera. Family members Cristah Wallace and James Faulk talk about the dog-napping. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012)

    A northwest Miami-Dade family needs your help looking for a loved one.

    Their nine-month-old Maltese was snatched up right in front of their home on Monday – and the crime was caught on camera.

    “We run around the house, and sometimes, we run around, and get on the trampoline,” 7-year-old Cristah Wallace said of Lebron, her best friend with a fluffy white coat and black eyes.

    Cristah said she last saw Lebron chasing a cat near her backyard fence.

    Her aunt and uncle's surveillance camera captured Lebron's last moments in the front yard of their NW 165th Street home at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. In the video the dog runs to the street and then a white SUV pulls up. The man, dressed in a dark T-shirt and jeans, scoops up Lebron in broad daylight.

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    Cristah's uncle, James Faulk, still can't believe what happened next.

    “At first when he came to the door, I'm like, oh, he's gonna do the right thing, and then, he never went to the door,” said the dog’s owner. “And I'm saying OK, maybe he was just trying to throw people who were walking up and down the street or whatever, and make them think that okay, I came there, nobody answered, (I’m going to) come back later.”

    The man never came back. With Lebron locked under his arm, the man pivoted, turned, and walked off the porch.

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    Lebron, like his NBA All-Star namesake, has some bling of its own.

    “He's got one of the collars we bought from Bayside. It's like a rhinestone, and it's got ‘Lebron’ on it,” Faulk said. “So, if you see him, you'll know him. He's a gangsta,” he joked.

    In the meantime, Cristah is hoping whoever has Lebron will bring him back home. Without him around she is sad, she said.

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