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Reward for Dogs Lost in Eagle Rock Boosted to $3,000

Lost from a house on Toland Way, the two dogs were seen near the 2 freeway—a mysterious caller admitted she might have one of them but appears reluctant to return it.

An exhausting week after Natalie Tomlinson’s relentless but so-far unsuccessful search for her two dogs lost in Eagle Rock, the marketing executive has increased the reward on each of her pets from $500 to $1,500 and is hoping that somebody will report on the woman who appears to have bought one of her dogs from a man off a Highland Park street.

Last Friday, Tomlinson boosted from $1,000 to $3,000 the combined reward for information leading to her lost dogs’ rescue on her website, which be viewed by clicking here. She has received no calls so far.

Click this link to read about the background of Tomlinson’s loss of her dogs at the home of her in-laws on Toland Way on November 9.

Who Is This Woman?

On Nov. 14, Tomlinson heard on three separate occasions over the phone from a woman who identified herself as a Pasadena resident, Darla, and admitted she might have Tomlinson’s 5-year-old Shih Tzu-mix female, Libby, who is micro chipped. After agreeing to meet Tomlinson at to identify the dog, the caller left a voicemail for Tomlinson, abruptly backing off from the appointment. That was the last Tomlinson heard from the caller, who didn’t leave a callback number.

Transcript of Caller’s Voicemail

Here is a rough transcript of the caller’s voicemail:

“Hello, hi, it’s me Darla again. Umm … (three-second pause) I talked to my family about it and they said I’d probably be better off by—you know—trying to get her scanned. They’re concerned that maybe—you know—the dog may not be yours. You may say that it’s yours—that it’s your dog, you know. (Pause) I don’t know what you think of it … trying to make sense of it. I’ll take her to get scanned. You know, it’s the same thing—if she’s really yours, it’ll come up on the microchip and then I can either leave her at the place or meet up with you or whatever. But, um … sorry, I will not be bringing her today.”

Police Report Filed

In a related development, Tomlinson was also able to file a “property theft report” with the LAPD Northeast Community Station—over the phone from her home in the City of Azusa, off the 210 freeway. (An officer at the station incorrectly told Tomlinson last week that she cannot file a report about missing pets—“I think the person at the desk didn’t think a pet is property,” Tomlinson reckons.)

As required by the report’s guidelines, Tomlinson listed the value of her pets at a combined $1,800. River, her 2-1/2-year-old Shih Tzu male, is worth $1,000, based on the $900, plus taxes, that the Tomlinson family spent on buying the dog from a pet store in Monrovia as a Christmas gift for Tomlinson in 2009.

And Libby, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu-mix female, is worth $800. (Tomlinson did not spend her own money purchasing Libby, who was bought for $800 by a coworker of Tomlinson’s next-door neighbor.)

Direct Appeal to Mysterious Caller

Tomlinson has also made a direct appeal to the caller to contact her without any fear of facing the possible legal consequences of her actions, which were aired in a CBS news clip last Wednesday, hours after Tomlinson posted an announcement about her lost dogs on Eagle Rock Patch. “I think she’s probably reading the Patch about this story,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson can be reached at (626) 215-4323.

Natalie Tomlinson November 21, 2011 at 04:48 PM
The reward for River & Libby has been increased, due to the kindness of great friends and family wanting to get them back home as soon as possible. The acts of kindness & generosity we have been blessed with is surreal. In 1 week, I have had friends design flyers, create a website in 1/2 hour, walk the streets putting up flyers, retweet and link our story via facebook, review all shelter websites and craiglist postings. Not to mention supporting me when I want to give up and think I have not done enough. Ajay, the editor of the Eagle Rock Patch has been amazing, I encourage you in the ER area to follow & support them. Thank you & xoxo... Natalie
Gale Garcia November 21, 2011 at 07:09 PM
On 11-20-11 I saw a little dog that looked like River on division st about a mile from Super A Market. You might look in that area. The lady on the phone sounds like she has nothing better to do with herself. Good Luck
Natalie Tomlinson November 22, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Hi Gale, Did you see River with a woman yesterday? We have posted several flyers in the area off Division Street and had not been contacted about a sighting of him in that area. Thank you for posting your comment, any assistance is appreciated. Best, Natalie Tomlinson www.findriverandlibby.com
Patty Dadamo November 23, 2011 at 07:16 AM
Natalie, have you visited the local vets yet? Maybe whoever found your dog(s) wanted to make sure the dog was healthy and get an estimate on it's age so they took it to a vet. Someone at the vet's office may remember the dog. I hope you get your babies back soon.

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