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Lawton family searches for missing dog

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LAWTON,Okla_Here's a bizarre lost dog story for you.  A chihuahua wandered away from his home in Lawton,  a stranger found him, and posted his picture on Craigslist. The family called the man to set up a time to get the dog back, but he never showed, and now he's blocked their calls.

It all started when the little dog, named Pepe, crawled through the dryer vent. The family just recently moved in, and they haven't hooked it up yet.  The hole was just big enough for him to squeeze through. A neighbor caught him in the act once before.  That solved the mystery of how he got out, but now, there's a bigger one.

The family isn't sure why the  man would post their found dog to Craidslist if he had no intentions of returning him. They've since filed this report with police. the family says Pepe is a lovable, spunky dog and that the man may have had a change of heart and decided to keep him. 

He's not just any dog. His owner Craig Dalen says Pepe is an important part of his families household.

"He's very important, it's like my wife's third kid, we have a six year old and three year old, which that's their play buddy, my other two dogs are older they don't play with the kids like he does, he just turned a year old," said Dalen.

Over the past week the family says their dog had turned into Houdini, disappearing out of the dryer vent several times.  Unfortunately they say his last escape would be his final performance

Dalen says after Pepe slipped out of the hole they think he wandered down the street and into the hands of a stranger. One who initially tried to find Pepe's rightful owners.

"After two calls of not answering and leaving messages he blocked her phone number and she just called five minutes ago from my phone a different number, it rang and went to voicemail rather than being blocked."

As far as the Craiglist post, "he took the post off, you can't find it, it's not posted anymore," said Dalen. 

Dalen says his family and two other dogs miss Pepe says they're doing all they can to get him back.

"I did notify the police, but if he calls me back and brings my dog I won't file charges, we just want Pepe back he's apart of our family and I would appreciate my dog please," said Dalen.

Pepe's owners said he recently had surgery and is in need of his medications and veterinarian check ups. This week the family plans on passing out flyers. They believe he is in the Crosby Park area. The one time they were in contact with the man, he told them he lived in the Crosby Park Apartments. 

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