Thieves nab therapy dog in Bradley Beach

Silvio Ciabattoni says the Pomeranian helps his wife, who is recovering from a stroke.

Silvio Ciabattoni says the Pomeranian helps his wife, who is recovering from a stroke. (1/8/13)

BRADLEY BEACH - A Bradley Beach family is begging for the safe return of their 4-pound Pomeranian that was apparently dognapped.

Silvio Ciabattoni says the animal is a therapy dog for his wife Linda, who became paralyzed after a stroke last year. Linda Ciabattoni lost her ability to speak after her stroke and can only move one of her arms.

Silvio Ciabattoni says his wife finds comfort in petting the dog and calls the animal the one thing that will make her smile. He also says he'll offer a reward for the animal's safe return.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Bradley Beach Police. 

To watch an interview on the missing dog, click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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