Since she picked Kobe up in early February, the puppy had been her constant companion. He’d join her for drinks on the patio at Hotel Congress and chew up maps on road trips to the beach.
“He slept with me every single night,” Schwartz says. “A total cuddler. He went everywhere with me. We were inseparable.”
So she didn’t think twice about taking Kobe along to pick up her late-night takeout order just as Chang’s closed at 11 p.m. Thursday, April 15.
It took only minutes to duck inside the restaurant and grab her food, but when she got back to her car, she saw the window had been rolled down. The car was unlocked.
Kobe was gone.
Some heartless douchebag had made off with her four-month-old puppy.
Schwartz is terrified to imagine what could be happening to Kobe.
“I feel like the kind of person who would steal a dog probably don’t understand what a dog is,” Schwartz says. “And they don’t know how to treat a dog. And that’s the part I’m really scared about. He could be hurt. And that’s what breaks my heart
more than anything.”
Schwartz has been a whirlwind in the wake of the four-month-old Kobe’s disappearance. She’s contacted detectives with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Tucson Police Department. She’s put up hundreds of fliers. She’s scoured pet stores and kept up a constant search on Craig’s List and Facebook.
She’s offering a $1,500 reward for the return of the dog, no questions asked: Kobe can be dropped off at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.
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