Missing puppy

Chloe, a pit bull puppy, was taken from a South Omaha yard on Friday. The next day, the owner got a flyer claiming that the dog was taken for lack of care.

A $1,000 reward is offered for the return of a 4-month-old pit bull puppy taken from the yard of a home near the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha.

The theft on Friday was compounded, said Nebraska Humane Society spokesman Mark Langan, by a flyer left in the mailbox of the victim’s home the next day. The flyer claimed that the dog had been removed by the Humane Society of the United States for lack of care and listed the Nebraska Humane Society’s Omaha address.

Neither the Nebraska Humane Society nor the Humane Society of the United States took the dog, Langan said.

“It kind of worries me that we have a self-appointed zealot out there who thinks they can just take a dog if they think that it’s being mistreated,” Langan said. “If that’s the case, they should contact us. These people love their dog and they want it back.”

The owner, Celia Torres, said the puppy, named Chloe, “couldn’t be sweeter.” The dog doesn’t bark or growl, she said, and wouldn’t have raised a fuss when approached by a stranger.

“It’s so sad they would blame it on the Humane Society,” Torres said. “We love Chloe. My sister’s (young) kids are heartbroken.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or at omahacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for the cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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