Siberian Husky taken from Milwaukee woman's home has been returned
Updated: 5:29 p.m. on July 12
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Siberian Husky taken from a Milwaukee woman's home has been reunited with his family.
The owner, Camara Tyler, was contacted by a woman who said she had Hash. They met at the 4th district, and the dog was returned.
Posted: 3:35 p.m. on July 11
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58)- A Milwaukee woman says she's heartbroken after her beloved dog 'Hash' was taken from her home on Tuesday.
Camara Tyler says two people broke into her home and in a matter of minutes, took her dog and ran. Hash's owners say the two people that took him bent and broke a lock to an outside fence. Tyler says after breaking in through the wooden fence outside, the burglars came in through her glass sliding doors and took Hash while she was asleep upstairs.
"They opened it, they snatched it open and the latch broke. We had a stick right there in the glass doors and it snapped in half, they got inside, they took Hash and they left," said Tyler.
Milwaukee police have footage from Tyler’s neighbor of the two suspects breaking in and running out with Hash, but say they can't release it because the burglary is under investigation.
"I've been crying. My kids, they've been asking. My four-year-old, she's been asking, 'When is he coming back from vacation?' I told her he's on vacation, and she's been asking me," adds Tyler.
Tyler says she had valuables lying around the home, but the burglars only took her dog.
"Seeing the camera footage, knowing that I can't even see your face, and I just wonder, why did you target Hash?" said Tyler.
Hash is not neutered or micro-chipped. He was scheduled to get a microchip later this month at the vet’s office. Experts say there are three reasons why someone would take a pet.
"One is that they're a really desirable pet, and people actually just want it -- a second would be stealing it to breed, or a third, much less likely for a dog like this, is to fight," said Kathy Shillinglaw, Outreach Coordinator for Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC).
Tyler says on Monday, several people asked about Hash.
"There was several people asking me, 'Oh are you breeding him? He's a very nice dog, he's very rare,'" said Tyler.
Shillinglaw says if you lose a pet to check online marketplaces. She says if someone took Hash and wants to turn him in, they can do so at MADACC and not get in trouble.
"They can bring him to MADACC as a stray, no questions asked. They can leave the dog here, we're not going to grill them," Shillinglaw says.
"It's easy for people to say, 'Hey, you can get another dog,' but once you get attached to a dog, they're just like family," says Tyler.
Hash's owners are offering a $1,500 reward for the safe return of Hash. If you know Hash’s whereabouts, contact Camara Tyler at (262)-290-1848 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org