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Dogs belonging to Houston Texans' Whitney Mercilus found in Pearland

Whitney Mercilus/Twitter

PEARLAND – Many people consider their pets like their own children, and for some, it would be difficult to think if anything were  to happen to their furry friend.

Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus was hoping his two dogs were OK after they went missing from his Pearland home Thursday night. 

Mercilus tweeted a photo of himself with his German shepherd Rocky, and his Chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix, Princess.

"I truly appreciate all the RTs and well wishes. We are still looking for Rocky and Princess but have some leads. You guys are awesome," Mercilus said.

We hope they come back home!

UPDATE: Mercilus' dogs were found in a Pearland neighborhood and were picked up by a man in a truck.

The dogs will be reunited with Mercilus on Saturday.