On Thursday, July 15, Charles Hymore was refurbishing a former body shop he
| Charles Hymore's sidekick
bought at the intersection of Dearborn, Dover and Greenwood streets in East Toledo at approximately 6 p.m. when he let his three-year-old male Yorkshire terrier out the building to go to the bathroom.
“I have a big overhead door that I cracked open about a foot,” said Hymore, an Oregon resident. The dog was on a leash, which was connected to a 10-foot cable and secured within the building. The dog was out for just a couple of minutes, said Hymore, when he went to let it back inside the building.
“I didn’t want him outside for long because I was not there with him,” said Hymore, who is very attached to the dog, which he’s owned since it was a puppy.
“So I opened the door, and the cable was there, but the black and white checkered leash and my dog were gone.”
Frantic, he asked neighbors, many of whom were outside on their front porches, if they had seen the dog. No one had. He got in his car to search the neighborhood, but no luck.
“I knew right away he was stolen. It was just that quick. It’s not possible he ran away. He’s not a runner and is very loyal. He’s never run loose,” said Hymore. “It had to happen real quickly. I think someone put him in a car. I don’t have much of a side yard - there’s my driveway, a sidewalk, a small patch of grass, then a street.”
In the days that followed, he distributed fliers about his missing dog throughout the neighborhood, but no luck.
“We put up posters all over the place. I initially listed him as a lost dog. I was hoping whoever took him would just come back and take the reward. But that didn’t happen,” said Hymore.
The dog, whose name he does not want to disclose because it might compromise its recovery, is a pure bred Yorkshire terrier.
“He’s a good sized dog - about 15-17 pounds. I own an ice cream shop, and he loves to eat ice cream,” he laughed.
The dog also loved to ride with him on his motorcycle, and go for rides in his car.
“He lives to ride in a car. He gets excited and barks like crazy when he knows he’s going for a ride. He would rather ride in a car than eat a steak dinner,” said Hymore. “He’s never been out of my sight. He’s a very, very good dog.”
Hymore said he will never stop looking for his loyal canine.
“He’s my sidekick, just a lovely dog. Whoever has him knows that,” said Hymore. “My girlfriend and I are taking it hard. We have hope. He’s been spoiled and used to getting things his way. He’s a very special dog. Many people know who he is. Whoever meets him always wants him. He has that kind of personality. He loves people and they love him. Whoever has him will not want to relinquish him. If someone transported him to another side of town, it may be tougher to find him. But I’m hoping he’s still on this side of town.”
Hymore is offering an incentive to get his dog back.
“I am happy to pay a generous reward, with no questions asked. I will not press charges. Maybe someone got the dog from someone not knowing it was stolen and they have some goodness in their heart. I just want someone to do the right thing. If not, I’m never going to quit looking for this dog,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life, but he tops them all.”
If you have information on the whereabouts of the dog, contact Hymore at 419-304-3246.