Dognapped: Local Man Makes Emotional Plea to Get His Dog Back

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A Grand Junction man is making an emotional plea to the community for help, after he says his dog was taken right from his truck.

It's been a rough weekend for Steve Miller.

"This is all highly unusual," said Miller.

On Friday, he went to Suplizio Field to catch a ball game and brought his black lab, Sasha, with him.

"I usually keep my dog in the truck here," said Miller. "She kind of guards the truck."

Miller says he parked by the Lincoln Park Barn, left the windows partially unrolled, and went into the stadium. When he came back, Sasha was gone.

"She has been trained to stay with the vehicle," said Miller.

He says he looked for her around the park, whistled, and called her name -- things she usually responds to.

"Being this far away from the vehicle, this far away from me, that indicates to me something is not normal there," said Miller.

Miller says when he went back to his truck, one of the windows was rolled down further than he left it and there were scratch marks all over the door. He says when Sasha has gotten out by herself in the past, she usually lays under the car -- but she wasn't there either.

"All evidence that I can see so far indicates that she was taken," said Miller.

Miller filed a report with the Grand Junction Police Department, which says officers weren't able to find any witnesses and have no leads at this time. Miller has checked with area shelters and has searched the streets surrounding Lincoln Park. So now, he's reaching out to the community for help.

"She's pretty much my whole life," said Miller. "I'm a middle-aged single man and she's the only companion I've got."

Miller had no pictures of Sasha to show 11 News, but says she has brown eyes, weighs about 80 pounds, is wearing a green nylon collar, and will respond if she hears her name called.

He is offering a $100 reward for her safe return.

If you have any information about where Sasha might be or if you have seen her, Miller says he would like you to call him at (970) 245-3781.

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  • by Anonymous Location: grand junction on Apr 13, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    Mr. Miller got his dog back last night. She'd been found loose on 12th street. How she managed to get there is anyone's guess, but she's home now.
  • by Stephanie Location: Grand Junction on Apr 13, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Miller and Sasha. I hope she is returned soon. We have a black lab and the attachment for both owner(s) and dog is very strong. This is so upsetting that someone would take her and think that this dog would not be missed. I am making an appeal to the person or persons that took Sasha to return her to Mr. Miller. You have no idea how much this dog means to him and the dog will miss Mr. Miller for a long time.
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