October 30, 2010
|Chuma before being stolen, as an 11 week old puppy|
WASHINGTON, Dc. (WUSA) -- In late May, thieves broke into Kevin Fitzgerald's home in Northeast. The electronics that were stolen could be replaced; but they also made off with Chuma --Kevin's eleven week old Rhodesian Ridgeback.
A Pet Amber Alert went out for Chuma--pictures were posted on the internet--signs went up in the neighborhood. the Chesapeake Region Ridgeback Community was summoned--by the end of summer the emails had stopped--hope had faded--
Then on October 27 Kevin Fitzgerald got an anonymous call saying Chuma was listed on an adpotion website.
It was Chuma--five months after he was stolen from inside his home--the Rhodesan Ridgeback had been brought to the Prince George's County Animal shelter by someone who had apparently given up on raising the dog--
Its unclear how many owners Chuma has had since he was stolen from his owner in May. Kevin says hen appeared well cared for---no physical or mental abuse.
Beloved Dog Stolen During DC Robbery
Andrea McCarren 9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.COM
May 28, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--A Northeast Washington man came home to discover his house ransacked...and his beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback, stolen.
"I'm hurt. I'm angry. I want my dog back," said heartbroken owner Kevin Fitzgerald.
Fitzegerald always dreamed of owning a Rhodesian Ridgeback, an unusual dog that was originally bred to hunt lions in Africa. Just three weeks ago, Fitzgerald's wish came true. He and Chuma quickly became inseparable companions.
"Without a doubt. Without a doubt," he said. "It was like having a kid."
Joy gave way to grief when Fitzgerald's fiancée called Thursday evening to say she'd come home from work.
"Probably 10 or 15 seconds later, I hear oh my God. We've been robbed," said Fitzgerald.
Thieves smashed a basement window to enter the house in the quiet Northeast neighborhood of Woodridge sometime between 9am and 4 pm. They stole television sets, laptop computers, electronics. Those can be replaced. Chuma cannot.
"He's a Rhodesian Ridgeback. 11 weeks old. He has a distinctive ridge of fur that grows down his back," said Fitzgerald.
Chuma was inside the house in a crate when the robbery occurred, so it's clear he was stolen and didn't simply escape. Another dog carrier of his was abandoned in a back alley.
"Return my dog, that's all. Return my dog," pleaded Fitzgerald.
He fears someone may think he's a pit bull and cause him harm. Police are investigating this robbery and several other recent break-ins in the neighborhood.
"There's a lot of other things I would like to say, but I just want my dog back. That's all. Real simple," he said.
Fitzgerald is offering a one thousand dollar reward for the safe return of his dog. No questions asked.