According to Petfinder.com over two million pets are stolen every year. Luna, a loveable and adorable, much loved Yorkie is one of them. Tomorrow, September 28, 2013 is her birthday. It’s a terrible event if your pet goes missing. It’s a nightmare and makes you heartsick if they are stolen. Waiting and wondering, not knowing where your beloved dog is is unbearable. Days and nights of waiting…wondering…holding on to the slightest bit of hope.
David Toon and his fiancée Liz know this to be heartbreakingly true. June 28, 2013, Liz, a pharmacist in Mays Landing New Jersey returned from work to find her condo had been broken into and Luna, the little Yorkie she co-parented with David was missing. Her first call was to David as she explained the situation at her home; a missing laundry basket (no doubt used to hide Luna in) and an open balcony door. Nothing else was missing. He told her to call the police immediately as he jumped in his car for the two and a half hour drive to New Jersey.
The police were just leaving when David arrived. They took a report, couldn’t do any fingerprints because it was raining, and said they’d be in touch. David noticed a small footprint on the pee pad in the kitchen and thought it must have been a child that broke in. The scenario made no sense.
Despite our financial situation, Pet Parents rally their resources when it comes to getting their dog back and Liz and David were no different. They offered a reward. The increased it. Like Scott Segal, David searched for days, printing out maps, following leads, looking everywhere. One day he sat on the top of his car for seven hours at a basketball court because someone had described a dog that sounded like Luna had been coming there for a few days. She never appeared.
They printed poster, made signs, begged different media sources to cover their story. No Luna. A store reported that a dog resembling Luna had run inside and then back out, but they had a surveillance tape. David asked for it, but they said they could only give it to law enforcement. The police said they’d get it, but they never did. Dogs are very low on the priority list of busy police departments.
People prayed. A Facebook page, “Come Back Home Luna” https://www.facebook.com/ComeBackHomeLuna/photos_stream#!/photo.php?fbid=170190306493640&set=pb.170180666494604.-2207520000.1380309803.&type=3&theater was created. Liz and David couldn’t eat, they couldn’t sleep. They received calls about sightings. They received scam calls; someone had taken Luna to Nigeria. The heard about another dog Katie that had been stolen under very similar circumstances. A dog recovery organization, Justice Rescue had found her. David contacted them and begged them to take their case. They came to New Jersey with eight people and canvassed the neighborhood, knocking on doors, questioning people. They found nothing, but promise to stay on the case.
At the time of this writing, Luna has been gone three months. Saturday, September 28, 2013 will be her second birthday. Liz and David’s parents want them to let go and move on. Liz comes home from work every night and goes to bed. David goes to Mays Landing every weekend and searches. He understands his parents concern, but he can’t let go; Luna is their child. They planned a life with her and as short as dogs lives are, the three months she’s been gone have taken a massive toll on them and destroyed those plans. They hold on…they wait. There was nothing they could have done to see this coming or to prevent it.
And so they wait. They work and stumble through this life that has become a tragedy for them. Where is Luna? There has to be someone out there that knows. something. Did you buy this little dog unaware that she already had a home? Have you seen her? Do you know someone who got a Yorkie about three months ago? Please bring her or send her back home. No questions. Nothing asked. David and Liz just want her back. Tomorrow will come whether they want it to or not, and it will be yet one more milestone that Luna is missing with her family. If you have Luna…remember that…she HAS a family. They miss her. Give them the news they long for…where is Luna…let her come home where she belongs. Call (646) 641-4133.