5-year-old begs for stolen dog to be returned

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Friday, July 11, 2014

CLEARWATER, S.C. (WRDW) -- A family in Clearwater is looking for answers after they say someone stole their family pet.

Sometime on Thursday Zero, The Mejia’s family dog, escaped the yard and made his way down Crestview Drive to a gas station on Jefferson Davis Highway. The Mejia’s got Zero a year and half ago for their son 5-year-old son Caleb, who did not take the news of Zero’s disappearance well.

“He started crying, he started crying pretty hard,” said Caleb’s mother Laura. "He climbed up in my lap and we both cried actually.”

Once the family made their way to the gas station, they showed clerks there pictures of Zero, who they immediately recognized as Zero has made his way into the gas station and was walking around. But then, clerks told the family that a customer said the dog was his, picked Zero up and drove off.

“You're scared whoever has him is not going to take care of him,” said Laura Mejia. “So that hurts my heart and seeing my child hurt hurts even worse.”

Clerks said the person who picked Zero up drove off in an older model, yellow pick up truck.

“You know you see your child hurt if they fall down and scrap their knee but for their heart to hurt was pretty painful,” Mejia said.

News 12 spoke to Caleb Mejia as well, who said that Zero was his best friend.

“We like to play together and sleep together, we like to snuggle together too,” Caleb said.

Caleb even went one step further, pleading for Zero’s accused captor to bring him back home, no questions asked.

“Would you please bring Zero back? Please?” begged Caleb.

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