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47 days of pain after dog stolen

Posted at 11:37 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 14:58:05-05

With the holidays coming up, all one Patterson Park woman wants for Christmas, is for her best friend to come home.

Dogs go missing all the time, but Jennifer Lawrence suspects there was more to what happened to Bentley.

Every day that goes by Bentley's owner hopes to see his little tail wagging again.

“The last 47 days straight I have cried,” Lawrence said. “Just little things like him waking me up in the morning he’s right there. When I’m coming in the house. He’s always been right there for me.”

On that October day, a friend was watching Bentley.  He let him out to go to the bathroom and a minute later he's gone.

Lawrence got to work putting up more than a thousand flyers all over the area, visiting shelters, and posting every day on social media.    

A few days ago she got the evidence she suspected— a video taken outside of a school across from where they live.  It shows Bentley being picked up by a man in a black car with paint missing on the hood.

“I knew in my heart that somebody had him I just knew that somebody had him but I couldn't prove it. It was just like he vanished and no one had turned him in or said anything.

For nine years Bentley has been her closest companion.

Through moves all over the country and all the rough days that come with working nights at a hospital, the Maltese Shih Tzu has been by her side.

”It's the holidays where people should be happy and celebrating and he's just not there. Whoever has him or if you know something please please call. You can remain anonymous just please call."

Lawrence is offering a $1,500 for anyone that can get Bentley home safe to her.