DENVER (CBS4) – A man is searching for his dog that was stolen along with his van. He wanted to tell his story so that other people won’t leave their cars running, or “puffing,” when it’s cold.
Scott Hills has blanketed the area where his van was stolen with signs and pictures of his dog, Arrow. He’s offering a $100 reward just to get his dog back. He says the van isn’t even important to him — it’s Arrow that matters most.
Hills was watching the Broncos game inside Devon’s Pub and went outside to warm up his van before leaving for the night.
“Came back out 10 minutes later and it was gone,” Hills said.
Hills left his 2002 red Chevrolet minivan running with Arrow inside. The dog, the van and a laptop are now gone.
“I’d rather get the dog back then the van or the computer.”
Arrow is a female wire hair Jack Russell mix, about 8 pounds, all white with a black head and a black ring around the base of her tail.
Hills has even checked for surveillance video at nearby businesses, but still no luck.
“I’ve been an emotional wreck. I’ve been mad at myself for leaving the car running, but then mad at the people for taking it,” Hill said. “Worried that I won’t ever see her again, that I won’t get her back, and that they did harm to her instead of took care of her.”
Hills has filed a police report, but he says the moral of the story is to never leave a car puffing.
“Not to leave your car running, ever. Unless you have that auto start button that leaves it locked,” he said.
Hills took his dog’s leash off while inside the van so there is no identifying tag on her. The minivan also has handicap plates and is handicap assessable.