Victim: Dog stolen during road rage incident found in Lutz

Photo courtesy Lina Rodriguez

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –  UPDATE |  News Channel 8 has learned Bella was found a little more than two miles away from where she was reported stolen, near a playground at Mort Park in Lutz.

Bella reunites with her owners. (Photo courtesy of Laura Rodriguez)

According to the dog’s owner, the individual who found Bella posted an ad searching for her owners on Craigslist.

The owner says the dog is covered in bug bites, but otherwise appears to be in good condition.

No further details are available at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY | Two Tampa sisters are desperately searching for their puppy who they say was stolen from their car during a road rage incident.

Laura Rodriguez told News Channel 8 a woman snatched their 3-month-old puppy, Bella from her car after they were cut off and nearly ran off the road.

The incident reportedly happened in the area of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, close to the University of South Florida.

Hillsborough deputies tell us the sisters had admitted to flipping off the alleged culprits after they were cut off.

Rodriguez tells us a female driver in the car caught up with them at a red light at USF Holly Drive and started cursing before she got out of the car swinging, and all of their car windows were down at the time.

According to Rodriguez, the woman reached into the back seat, grabbed Bella and made a run for it. The alleged dognapper sped off through the red light with Bella in tow.

Rodriguez’s sister Lina Rodriguez says the woman had dreadlocks with orange colored tips, and a man in the passenger seat also had dreads. The sisters didn’t get a good look at the car but say it was a darker older model vehicle.

Deputies took a statement from a witness who saw the woman steal the puppy from the car but that person also wasn’t able to get a good look at the car.

The sisters are putting up flyers around campus and surrounding areas in hopes of finding their puppy.

A post in Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets of Hillsborough County, has reached nearly 1,000 shares.

Bella is a brown lab, pit bull Chihuahua mix. She is about 3 months old and weighs roughly eight pounds.


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