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ER nurse’s puppy stolen while she was treating coronavirus patients

"I was heartbroken," she said.

CONCORD, Calif — Max is a Belgian Malinois. He’s going to be a big dog. But he’s just 11 weeks old – small enough to be carried away by a puppy thief on a bicycle.

And that’s exactly what happened Saturday morning.

Police say a man stole Max from a woman’s home in Concord, Calif. and rode away. In a Facebook post, officers said he was wearing a red hoodie and jeans with rubber gloves.

Max’s owner was at work, when he was stolen. It was the first time she left the puppy home alone. Shaila Sheikh is an emergency room nurse at a local hospital, according to CNN. She’s spending long hours on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and the dog was an early birthday present for her son.

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

Concord Police launched the hashtag BringMaxHome on social media in hopes of getting a lead, and they’re asking anyone with information about Max to call (925) 603-5836.

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PLEASE HELP US FIND THIS ADORABLE PUPPY❗️❗️ Warning ⚠️ , you’re about to get really mad 😡! This is Max. He is an 11-week-old Malinois puppy. Today, around 10:00 am, Max was stolen from the garage of his owners’ house on Montgomery Ave. 😡 The suspect is described as an adult male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt (red patches on elbows), dark ball cap, blue jeans, dark shoes, and blue rubber gloves. He carried Max away from the area riding a gold and white bicycle. If you see Max, know his whereabouts, or recognize this thief, please call Concord Dispatch at (925) 671-3333 and refer to case #20-4193. Max’s family misses him so much 💔.... ~454 #puppythief #FindMax #pleasehelp #concordpd

Posted by Concord Police Department on Saturday, April 18, 2020

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