Puppy stolen from car at East Side DMV

Dog is 6-month-old boxer-shepherd mix

Published On: Apr 17 2012 10:27:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2012 02:21:38 PM CDT

A local dog owner is looking for his new puppy, which was stolen from his car in a Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles parking lot on the city's East Side on Monday afternoon.

Lars Forde, 35, of Madison, said he went into the East Side DMV and left his dog, Blake, in the car. He said he had the doors locked and one window cracked 3 inches.

While he was gone, he said someone took the new puppy. Forde had recently rescued the puppy from an animal shelter.

"(I'm) just speechless. (I'm at a) loss of words. To think someone would steal a dog, something that is emotionally tied, something you love. It's like stealing a person. It's like kidnapping, and it's absolutely heartbreaking," Forde said.

The dog is a 6-month-old black boxer-shepherd mix, with a white diamond on its chest.

Forde looked through the Dane County Humane Society on Tuesday but had no luck finding the animal.

There's a $1,000 reward for the person who finds Blake.

Anyone with information on the dog's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Dane County Humane Society at 608-838-0413 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.