Police searching for accused Dorchester dognapper

DORCHESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Boston police are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect accused of dognapping a Shih Tzu in Dorchester.

Lola’s owner, Eddie Puello,  says his dog was stolen from outside a Family Dollar on Columbia Road about 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Puello said he first noticed that the dog was missing when he exited the store, according to police.

He says his sister-in-law took Lola to Family Dollar and left her in the car with the window part way open. Lola apparently jumped out and wandered into the store.

Lola was under a shopping cart on surveillance video as a woman tried to coax her out. The same woman can be seen leaving with the dog hidden under a coat just moments later.

“I don’t know how she’s handling that dog right now,” Puello said. “She is a sick dog. She tends to throw up every 10 minutes and she needs a certain type of food. (I want her) to do the right thing and give her back to us. We really need our dog back.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 617-343-4335.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).



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