Reward Offered for Safe Return of Dog Stolen in Philly Car Theft - UPDATED: Louie Found

Louie, a male black lab mix, was stolen during a car theft in South Philadelphia
Louie, a male black lab mix, was stolen during a car theft in South Philadelphia

Almost a month ago on October 9, JJ Pierce's red Honda CR-V was stolen from the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Columbus Avenue (aka Delaware Avenue) in South Philadelphia, and her dog, a 2-year-old male black lab mix named Louie, was inside. The car was recovered on October 14 on Darien Street in North Philadelphia, but Louie was nowhere to be found. Louie is black with a white patch on his chest, and he is micro-chipped and neutered. There is a $3000 reward offered for information leading to Louie's safe return, no questions asked. UPDATE: We are thrilled to report that Louie was returned to JJ Pierce on Friday, November 21, 2014. Stay tuned for details.

On October 13, Pierce, a schoolteacher, launched a "Help Louie Get Home" Facebook page where family, friends and concerned citizens have been checking in and coordinating their efforts, which include hanging posters and handing out fliers, going out on private and group searches, calling and visiting shelters, and spreading the word in person and on social media. Louie is currently featured on a Delaware Avenue billboard, and his story has been covered by local newspapers and television stations.

The Facebook page is updated daily, and as of this writing, has over 12,000 followers. In a post on November 3, Pierce wrote, "We might just have our first real lead... There was a confirmed Louie sighting on Frankford and Somerset on the night of the car theft (Oct 9). He was loose and not with someone... I will update you with more information as I receive it. I know this is vague and disappointingly long ago, but at least it's a starting point!"

Although it is possible that Louie is still loose in the streets, it is also possible that he was taken in by a well-meaning stranger who is caring for him without realizing he has a family that loves and misses him. If you have any information about Louie, please contact or call 970-203-4707.

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014