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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: 5:00 PM, Oct 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 14:39:46-04
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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.

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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.

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