Theft of terrier leaves Durham family in tears
Wes and Elizabeth Newman are heartbroken after losing a four-legged family member to burglars.
At least one intruder broke a window in their Forest Hills house Tuesday morning and stole their beloved Sophie – a fragile but cute Yorkshire Terrier with shiny, brown eyes and a button nose.
“I can’t believe that somebody could be so insensitive to take someone’s pet,” Elizabeth Newman said through tears Wednesday. “She’s our baby, and this has just been so hard.”
Newman said the burglar or burglars threw a pot through the family’s kitchen window between 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and climbed inside.
The house was ransacked and a laptop computer, iPad, jewelry and a camera were taken.
But that was nothing compared to the theft of 9-year-old Sophie, who suffers from neurological problems and survived a seizure a few years ago. She has trouble walking long distances.
The family has had Sophie since she was a puppy, and the thought of her separated from those who love her nearly rips out their hearts.
“I just hope that she’s in the hands of somebody who’s taking good care of her,” Newman said. “Her head hangs a little bit low when she walks, and her tongue is always sticking out the front of her mouth.”
Newman doesn’t believe Sophie ran away, because a leash was missing.
“It appears that they put a leash on her and took her with them,” Newman said. “Sophie is obviously a dog that would sell. She’s incredibly cute. So either the burglars wanted a dog or wanted to sell her for money.”
The family’s other dog, Max the mutt, was found locked in a crate when they returned home. Max had free run of the house when the family left for work.
“We believe that Max may have retreated to the crate after hearing the breaking glass, and that they locked it,” Newman said.
Police are investigating the break-in and theft, but no arrest had been made as of Wednesday evening.
Newman said her focus is on getting Sophie back, “not capturing someone.”
That’s why her family is offering a $500 reward for Sophie’s return, with no questions asked.
“We love this dog so much, and want her to be safe,” Newman said. “She’s part of our family.”