BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A woman shopping in Southside discovered her car had been stolen, and worst of all, her pet dog had been inside the vehicle. Stephanie Rasberry was shopping in the Five Points area Sunday, Feb. 6 and returned to where she parked her Buick only to find it and her little dog Bella both missing.
Rasberry has no idea what happened to her dog, but says she hopes whoever took her car let her dog out before driving away.
"I don't know if he kicked her out of the car, which I hope that's what happened," she said. She has searched the area but hasn't seen any signs of her dog.
Bella is a three-year-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix who hasn't had an easy life. She's changed owners a couple of times and was injured in a car wreck, but found a home with Rasberry.
"It's the first dog I've ever kept in my house, I just fell in love with her. She went everywhere with me," she said. "She's a very special dog."
Bella was wearing a harness and a collar with a name tag of her owner's contact information on it. Friends have sent out emails with Bella's picture, asking anyone with information to call 824-6086.
The stolen car was a dark, metallic brown 2003 Buick Regal with hub caps the same color as the car's body. Rasberry has reported the car missing but so far there have been no leads.
An emergency cell phone that was inside the stolen car allowed Raspberry to make contact with someone who could be the car thief or connected to the robbery. After realizing the phone had been taken as well, Rasberry called her cell phone's number and a man picked up.
"I told him, you can have the car, I just wanted my dog back," she said. The person on the other end hung up. When a friend called back in a separate occasion, the person who answered said he didn't know anything about a little dog.
"I'm not worried about the car, I just want my puppy back," Rasberry said.