Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities sought the public’s help Friday in the search for a little girl’s companion dog, who had been left in a car that was later stolen in Long Beach.

“Sandy,” a tan and white Chihuahua mix, was left in the bronze-colored 1985 Nissan Maxima parked in a shopping center lot on Cherry Avenue and 68th Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as the vehicle’s owner and her daughter went shopping, said Long Beach Police Corporal Joe Starbird.

Surveillance video from the parking lot showed a passenger alighting from an extended-cab construction truck that had pulled up next to the Maxima and driving it away with the dog in the back seat, Starbird said.

Starbird said Sheriff’s deputies later found the car in Lakewood, but there was no sign of the dog.

The victim’s daughter relies on Sandy to help her cope with a medical condition, which is being exacerbated by the dog’s absence, Starbird said.

Although the dog was wearing a metal chain collar, it did not have an ID tag or ID chip, Starbird said.

Animal Care Services has also been asked to look for Sandy.

—City News Service

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