A South Carolina man is offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of reuniting with his dog after she and his truck were stolen last week from in front of a North Charleston hardware store, according to multiple reports.
Ben Brengle told The Post and Courier that he left his dog, Bella, inside his truck while making a quick stop Dec. 22 at the Lowe's on Northwoods Boulevard in North Charleston. He told the newspaper he left Bella in his truck because it was cold and raining. He left the store after about three minutes to find his truck -- and Bella -- gone, according to The Post and Courier.
"She just sticks by my side, which is the hardest part, you know -- that she's out there alone," he told WCIV-TV. "She's got to be so scared, petrified."
In a Facebook post on Christmas Day, Brengle described Bella as a 2-year-old yellow lab mix with a broken tail and a pink nose who weighs around 40 pounds.
"When approaching her she will either be extremely timid and run or she will bark aggressively and stand her ground, no in between," he wrote. "She will not bite however. She takes well to people crouched down to her level with the palm up, underhand approach."
He added that Bella is a rescue dog who "has come a long way in terms of trust."
"My family, myself, we're all going through it," he told WCIV-TV. "We all love her so much, but I can only imagine what she's going through without me, without us."
North Charleston police confirmed they were investigating the case, describing Brengle's missing truck to The Post and Courier as a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado with South Carolina license pate No. QJC686. Police told the newspaper the truck has damage to its passenger side.
“Bella is out there somewhere,” Brengle said. “Please help by spreading the word, actively looking online, and paying attention in your own neighborhoods. There is no distance too far that we will be looking. It starts local, and will spread out over time.”
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