Jai Wiliamson, owner of the Durn Good Grocery (4002 Wallingford Avenue North) tells us his dog, Stella, is gone. The Rat Terrier was last seen immediately outside of the store, on the sidewalk at about 12:40pm this afternoon. Williamson was inside fixing a freezer when he saw Stella go outside. Moments later, when he went to check on her, he couldn’t find her. The owner of Ramona Cleaners across the street was pointing and yelling over to him, but Williamson couldn’t hear what he was saying across Wallingford Avenue, so Williamson assumed he was pointing to the alleyway where Stella often went to sniff and do her business.
After looking in the alley, Williamson went over to Ramona Cleaners to ask what the owner was pointing to, and he replied that he watched Stella being taken by a woman in a late model green pickup truck with a black canopy. The truck was parked alongside the store during the time that Williamson went looking for Stella, and Williamson had even noticed the truck with another dog–possibly a bulldog–inside, but he had no idea the woman inside also had Stella with her.
Williamson showed me the surveillance footage of the truck which appears to be a late model Toyota with a black canopy. The front right tire looks like a spare. Sadly the video didn’t capture the woman’s license plate.
During the time that Williamson had her, Stella made quite a few friends with neighbors and frequent Durn Good customers. Tonight, customers in the store were saddened by the news of Williamson’s loss. Stella is a 2-1/2 year-old Rat Terrier, weighing about 8-10 pounds. She’s mostly white in color with some light brown. We’ll try and post a picture tomorrow if we can get one.