Burglary victim pleads for dog's safe return

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  Joey Graham of Montgomery is a man missing two things: a sense of security and his best friend.

Thursday, burglars ransacked his home in the city's Old Cloverdale neighborhood.

After all that trouble, they got away with a digital camera and Graham's 14 year old dog, named Avery.

"This is the cruelest crime that I could ever imagine.  They could've had anything in this house, but to take a person's dog--he's very old. He's only of value to me," Graham said.

Burglars also broke in six months ago, but this loss is especially hard in the midst of the holiday season.

"There's not going to be a Christmas here.  Not this year," Graham explained.

The one gift Graham does have is support from neighbors.  Friends are mindful of the loss, no matter how small.

"It's horrific enough to think about someone coming in your home, but to take a little, helpless animal--it's just a low blow," said Elaine LeFleur of Montgomery.

Graham hopes others will be just as caring.  He's posting signs and advertisements to try to bring Avery back home.

Meanwhile, he's worried.

"I don't feel safe anymore--when people just come in and knock in your back door and ransack your home and do it within months," Graham explained.

Police tell WSFA 12 News they're aware of the situation and they're increasing patrols in the area.  Neighbors say they'll also do their part.

"We kind of have a neighborhood watch situation going on, and we'll just have to be vigilant," LeFleur explained.

Graham just wants his dog to return safe and sound.

"There's a reward for the dog," he explained.

"I'm willing to pay it.  Not ask any questions.  I just want the dog back."

Graham is offering a $500 reward for the dog's safe return.   If you have any information that could bring Avery home, call (334) 262-4751.

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