Winston went missing in Tucson Aug. 30

Dog thefts are always sickening, but the English bulldog reportedly stolen Aug. 30 from the Mountain Vista Mobile Home Park is even more heartbreaking.

The dog, named Winston, is owned by Richard A. Gomez, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Winston was under the care of Richard’s mother, Rose Rangel, when the dog disappeared from the mobile home park, 4545 S. Mission Road.

“She’s overwhelmed with her adult daughter and grandchildren including newborn living with her and daily demands of work,” Rose’s coworker and dog lover Kate Hensman writes in an e-mail. “It only took a minute or two but Winston is gone. Don’t know if this is another sad story with no happy ending….”

Mix in more heartbreak with the fact that Winston, a 2-year-old neutered male, suffers from a chronic respiratory condition known as “foggy lungs” and needs regular medication. He also has folds beneath his eyes that need constant cleaning and attention and a slight ear infection.

If you have him, that’s a lot of work – and a lot of cash to take him to the vet. Why not just take him home?

Those who can, please keep an eye out for Winston and call Rose immediately upon sighting him.

Rose at home: (520) 449-0794
Rose at work: (520) 514-2704 ext. 275 (ask for Rose Rangel)

Please pass the word around to get Winston back home.