HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- An Henrico County couple is offering a $1,500 reward for the return of their family pet that was stolen from their back yard last week.
Yala Wright said on April 1, she and the family were leaving for the movies and went to put Louis or Lulu inside the house, but the dog was gone.
"We looked and there was no Lulu, we looked in the front, we looked in the back, we checked with all our neighbors," she said.
The 6-month-old American Bully was nowhere to be found and the gate to their fenced in back yard was closed.
Wright said she believes the dog was stolen from there Forest Avenue home.
"It was closed and a dog is not going to close a gate by itself," she explained.
Days later she says, Wright said her three children are still devastated by the loss as well as she and her fiancée.
"We miss Louis," said Wright’s daughter Jalayah.
The dog was a gift to Wright and the children back in December from her fiancée.
"When he first came here, he got adaptive to my oldest son and he jumped in the bed with him and the first night, he was with us, he slept in my son's bed and just constantly got use to sleeping in the bed with him," Wright said.
Henrico County Police and Animal Control are aware and investigating the dog’s disappearance. Lulu does not have a micro-chip.
Christie Chipps Peters with Richmond Animal Care & Control said "it's the best way to not only protect your pet, but also prove it's your pet, should he be stolen and reclaimed."
Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 thousand dollars and in this case, the Wright family is offering an additional reward of $1,500. If you have any information about the theft of Lulu, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.