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Thief breaks into house and steals therapy pet

The dog has been found and returned to the family!
SOUTH FAIRMOUNT, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A family is asking for help finding a stolen service dog.
Someone broke into the home of a woman with disabilities and stole her service and therapy dog.  This is a story you'll see only on Local 12 News.

Wolletta Bent has had her dog for three years.  She needs Cocobella to help her because of her health issues.  Cocobella is much more than just a pet to Wolletta.  She's a constant companion and highly trained service dog.

"Coco means everything to me.  She's my life, she's my world," said Wolletta.
The 10 pound Shih Tzu-Poodle carried items and also helped Wolletta with her 11-year-old daughter.
"I can tell her in the morning when it's time Avione to go to school, go and wake Avione up and she'll wake Avione up," Wolletta told Local 12.
Wolletta has some health problems including a condition called RSD which causes extreme physical pain.  On July 28 someone broke into the family's home on Sarvis Court and stole Coco and caused Wolletta emotional pain.

"I wasn't even gone, it was like 15 minutes and I was looking everywhere for the dog and the dog was gone.  He didn't take anything else because the alarm went off," she said.
The thief tore off the dog's service vest and tag and accidentally dropped his own plastic bracelet.
"I was asking people in the neighborhood.  They said they saw a young man running in my backyard.  A couple of days later they said they saw him with my dog.  He ran and took her," Wolletta said.
Wolletta made fliers to post around the neighborhood.  Coco has her front paws polished pink and a pink collar.

"She has her home again tag and she has her three year rabies tag," Wolletta's hoping someone will be kind and bring back her dog.

Wolletta had the fliers made and put them up throughout the neighborhood.  But she said to add insult to injury someone has been taking them down.

If you have any information that can help the family get the dog back call our partners at Crime Stoppers.  The number is 352-3040.  You don't have to leave your name to get a cash reward.

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