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Florida woman searching for disabled dog after car is stolen, $2000 reward offered

Florida disabled dog goes missing when car is stolen
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 05, 2019

UPDATE — Zorra was found dead five days after the car was reported stolen.

Police arrested 19-year-old Jephthe Jean Francois on 15 charges including grand theft auto and animal cruelty.

Police say Francois left Zorra in the station wagon to die in the Florida heat.


ORIGINAL STORY — Florida animal rescue groups are helping a woman find her beloved disabled dog after her car was stolen with the husky mix inside.

WFOR-TV reports Wanda Ferrari had left the car running with the air conditioning on for her dog Zorra while she popped into a Dollar Tree store in Oakland Park, Florida.

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Zorra uses a pink wheelchair to walk because its back legs are paralyzed. But the 13-year-old dog was lying on a pillow in the backseat and not in the wheelchair when the 2005 blue Volvo station wagon was taken.

Ferrari says the dog is her constant companion as she deals with a breast cancer recurrence.

Rescue group 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida hired a pet detective and is now offering a $2,000 reward for returning the dog.