Man says dog was stolen, euthanized

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

HOUSTON - A northwest Houston man said a group of people took his beloved dog from his home in Oak Forest and had him euthanized.

Jesse Reznicek said someone broke into his home and took his dog on Monday. But it's the note he found days later on his windshield that he said doesn't make any sense.

"He was my buddy. He was everything to me," Reznicek said.

Inside the living room of his home sits an empty pillow and a full dog bowl.

He said his nightmare started Monday night.

"The french doors had been pushed open and Brutus was gone," Reznicek said.

Brutus was Jesse's 15-year-old chocolate lab whom he had raised since he was a puppy.

"He was a giant lap dog. He loved everybody," Reznicek said.

He called shelters and asked neighbors, but there was no sign of Brutus. Until two days later when Reznicek found a note on his windshield.

The note read, "We took him to the vet, a nice kind gentle man. He examined your dog and said he was very old and had no quality of life and the very kindest thing to do for him was to euthanize him."

The note said they cremated Brutus. It was signed "three strangers."

"What I don't understand is who gives them the right to come in my house that I'm staying at, I am moving, and take my dog that I've raised from a puppy for 15 years," he said.

Reznicek had to put his other 10-year-old dog Maxie to sleep last week because of cancer. Now Reznicek, who has to be out of his home in the next day, said he'll try to move on.

"I'm lost. I don't know what to do or how to think," he said. "I'm just trying to keep forward and move and start over again I guess. It's just hard."

Reznicek filed a police report and wants the people responsible to face criminal charges. Until then, he said he'll continue to call veterinarian offices to see where Brutus was euthanized and try to get answers.

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