GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - Gresham police are hoping to reunite an elderly couple with their dog who was taken by strangers last week.
When Carolyn Piper got back from a trip to the beach last Wednesday with her husband, they quickly knew something wasn’t right.
“We pulled the car in the garage and I said, ‘I don’t hear any barking.’ We always get a welcome,” Piper said.
Their 15-year-old black poodle mix, Gracie – who they had left with a dog sitter – was missing.
They searched yards throughout the neighborhood at Southeast 9th and Liberty but had no luck.
But then, Piper says her neighbor across the street found something shocking on a home surveillance camera.
She says it showed Gracie had somehow gotten out from their fenced-in backyard but as she ran up the street back towards home, a blue car was right behind her.
“She zipped right into our yard, on the sidewalk, through the hedge – just like she was supposed to –and went and hid in the corner under some bushes,” Piper said.
Video shared by Gresham police doesn’t show it, but Piper says two women in the car got out and knocked on her door.
“I don’t know if it was a knock on the door and see if somebody’s home and if it’s their dog or, it was knock on the door and see if we can get away with this dog,” Piper said.
But she does know that as the blue car disappeared, so did her beloved Gracie.
“If they need love in their life so much, that they have to take somebody else’s loved pet, then come over and get acquainted and let’s let us give you some love. Don’t hurt someone else to get love,” said Piper.
Despite that hurt, Piper is hopeful whoever took Gracie will bring her back.
She wants people to know her dog is skinny and about 13 pounds. Gracie is black with white on her chest and feet and long hair on her tail.
Gracie should have on a black collar with her name and Piper’s phone number. She is also microchipped.
Police said it's not clear if the two women who took Gracie stole her or if they thought she was lost. The women were in a blue Chevy Impala.
According to police, Gracie's owners are an elderly couple who have owned her for her entire life.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 and reference case number 19-66699.
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