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Puppy Stolen From ER Nurse Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on April 26, 2020

Shaila Sheikh is a nurse who’s currently working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a lot on her plate trying to save people day in and day out. She thought the coronavirus was the worst of her worries, but then the dog lover’s worst nightmare happened. Sheikh and her kids had recently relocated, and they got a new family member along the way. Only 2 weeks ago, they brought Max the 11-week-old Belgian Malinois home. He was exactly what the family needed in these difficult times, but just as things were starting to seem better, Max was stolen from their home in Concord, California.

The Dognapper

Earlier in the week, a man had snuck into Sheikh’s garage and stolen her nice pair of work shoes. Her surveillance camera caught him on video, but she didn’t think much of it at the time. After all, it was such a small crime, so she didn’t want to get too stressed about it. But then, things took a dark turn.

Image: Shaila Sheikh Facebook

Later, Sheikh made the mistake of leaving Max alone in the garage for a little bit. During that time, a man snuck in and stole Max. While it’s not for certain, many people believe it’s the same man that stole her shoes. Once again, her camera caught him in the act, but his face cannot be seen in the footage.

“I was heartbroken,” said Sheikh. “Max was helping us start over as a family. I had just moved and it was my kids and me. We started a new chapter.”

Image: Shaila Sheikh Facebook

Despite only having Max for a short amount of time, the family had quickly bonded with him. Whenever Sheikh would come home from work, Max would immediately make her feel loved and happy. No matter how stressful her day was, the little dog was there to make it better.

Help Bring Max Home

The Concord Police Department posted videos and photos of the man responsible. He is described as an adult male who was wearing jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt with red patches on the elbows. Also, he had a baseball cap, dark tennis shoes, blue rubber gloves, and a blue face mask. He was riding a gold and white bike when he stole Max.

Image: @ConcordPolice/Facebook

With so many articles on clothing on, it’s difficult to tell what the man looks like at all. But people have continued to share photos all over the internet, praying someone would recognize the man or the puppy. Of course, Max’s family also refused to give up.

“I’m still holding onto hope,” said Sheikh. “My family, coworkers, and friends are super supportive and have helped raise reward money.”

Image: @ConcordPolice/Facebook

There are currently no leads as to where Max is, but Sheikh is doing everything she can to help bring him home. Her friend even started a GoFundMe page for her to raise money for a reward and for whatever else she needs to help locate Max.

If you know anything about Max’s location, please contact the Concord Police Department right away.

Featured Image: Shaila Sheikh Facebook and @ConcordPoliceDepartment/Facebook

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