Therapy Dog Stolen From Car in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman in Mission Viejo is begging for the return of her beloved therapy dog, stolen from her car at a local shopping mall.

“She loved me. She was my little girl,” a tearful Patricia Karns told KTLA.

About a week and a half ago, Pudsy, a 4-year-old Yorkie, was stolen when someone broke into Karns’ SUV at the Kaleidoscope Shopping Center.

Pudsy was a gift to Karns from herself about five years ago, a therapeutic companion of sorts to help her recover from the massive head trauma she suffered from a fall down the stairs.

“That’s really why I got the little dog — because of what I went through with that,” Karns said.

It’s not known who might have taken Pudsy, but Karns says she is absolutely heartbroken about the loss of her dog.

“They can keep the jewelry, they can keep all the other stuff. Just bring me my dog,” she pleaded.

Lisa Miller, Director of Operations for Kaleidoscope Entertainment Center in Mission Viejo has the following statement:

“Kaleidoscope has been helping the authorities with the investigation into the matter from the beginning.  Kaleidoscope had security personnel on duty the evening of February 22.  Security was notified at the time, the Sheriff’s Department was called and a report was taken.  Upon the Management Office receiving notification, the security camera tapes began to be reviewed.  We are providing the Sheriff’s Department the surveillance video and any information requested in order to expedite the return of the dog to its rightful owner.  Our policy is to provide the appropriate police authorities with the security video rather than directly to the public.   Although an isolated incident, security has also been stepped up as a precaution.  Kaleidoscope is a safe place to be, shop and dine. Our center offices are located on the premises and we use the same parking lot as our customers.  We want our customers to feel safe and be safe and although we don’t recall having any issues on property in the past, we want to reassure our customers as they are our first priority.  As a reminder, leaving valuables in a car is something that is usually discouraged at any shopping area and that would extend to leaving pets in vehicles as well.  As a fellow dog owner, I’d like to see the dog returned safely to her owner and we are actively taking steps to hopefully help speed her safe return.”

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