Whose dog is it? State Attorney to determine pet ownership

John Wynne and his dog Petey.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — A dog in Pasco County was returned to the mentally disabled man that reported him stolen.

Pasco County sheriff’s deputies told us, Petey, the pit bull was stolen Monday night in New Port Richey while the owner was out walking him on Jenner Avenue, close to Seven Springs. A woman approached the man and dog in a white four-door car and told him it was her dog. She took it and she drove off.

John Wynne is mentally handicapped and his dog Petey keeps him company.

“It’s my best friend,” John said. “It lays on my lap and it cuddles with me.” 

John lives with his mom Beverly who takes care of him. She says her son has a lot of challenges.

“He’s mentally disabled, he has diabetes, epilepsy, and in 2013 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor,” she said.

Petey went missing around 6 Monday night and at the time, John could barely function.

“He’s not sleeping, he’s not eating. He’s a diabetic, he’s not eating,” Beverly said.

John walked the neighborhood several times trying to find the woman he said stole his best friend.

He told WFLA News Channel 8 he’s never seen the woman before in his life, and said he felt like he was taken advantage of.

Pasco County detectives tracked down the alleged suspect who John said took the dog. The woman in question cooperated with detectives and willingly gave over the dog, but does insist it is her dog.

This case is now being forwarded to the State Attorney and the outcome is to be determined.

For now, though, the dog is residing back with John Wynn.

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