A World War II veteran devastated by the recent theft of his "best friend" -- a teacup Chihuahua named Lola -- from the front yard of his Downey home is pleading for the public's help in a frantic effort to track her down.
Lola, 12, was stolen from the home's yard, located in the 7600 block of Brunache Street, last Wednesday, according to her owner, 93-year-old Roger LeClair, who describes the 1 1/2 pound dog as the love of his life.
In an interview Friday, LeClair told KTLA a child walking home from school around 2 p.m. saw a woman in a red car pull up to the home and take little Lola from the yard. According to LeClair, the woman told the child she was taking the dog to the veterinarian and then left.
Lola hasn't been seen since, and the World War II veteran is especially concerned because she was recently put on medication.
The dog is well known in the area, and many of LeClair's neighbors have put up signs in the yards in the hopes of helping him finding his beloved canine companion.
He told KTLA the only thing that keeps him going is looking at her photo.
"For the last week and a half, day and night, I go to bed thinking about her, I wake up a time or two at night thinking about her. I guess you call it grieving," LeClair said.
He added it's been a rough year, with the loss of his daughter, getting into a car wreck and the theft of his best friend.
LeClair is offering a reward "no questions asked," and has requested that anyone with information call him at 562-923-3364.