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Atmore police searching for stolen disabled dog
Atmore police are looking for a man who stole a disabled dog from a kennel.
Bella was taken from the K-9 Kleaners off Nashville Avenue in Atmore around 2 Sunday morning.
The burglar was caught on camera.
Bella is a 3 year old Shihtzu with special needs. She has spine problems and for a while she had to use this special wheel chair.
Security cameras caught this man inside the K-9 KIeaners looking through the kennel carrying a white dog that looks a lot like Bella.
Her owners, the Cash family of Century, treat their pets like family.
Their other dog, Red, keeps them company, but Lisa and her son Ryan say their thoughts are with their stolen dog.
"We just love her and want her back," said Lisa Cash.
"All I'm trying to do is think positive thoughts that she's out there and she's okay," said Ryan Cash.
Bella started having back issues a few months ago and couldn't use her back legs.
She needed a wheel chair to get around.
Recently, she was able to start walking again, but Lisa says Bella still has problems and needs special care.
"Sometimes she's wobbly, its like she can't put her weight on her back legs,"
The Cash's dropped off Bella at the kennel, June 21st.
Lisa says she found out the day after that this man broke into the kennel and took off her with Bella.
A kennel manager says there were nearly twenty dogs inside, some considered more expensive breeds.
But the thief only took off with Bella and a wi-fi modem.
"I don't know why anyone would want to take her, she's a special needs, you know you constantly have to baby her," said Ryan.
"Of all the dogs there, why she was the only one he grabbed?" said Lisa.
The Cash's say they don't recognized this man, but hope someone does and help them get their Bella back.
Managers at K-9 Kleaners say they've replaced the stolen cameras and improved their security system.