August 23, 2014

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Where’s Diesel the English bulldog?

SHARON TWP. — A family believes its 5-year-old English bulldog was stolen from its yard earlier this month.

John DiPaolo said Diesel was let out to the front yard about 2 p.m. Feb. 16. About a half-hour later the dog was missing.

Diesel, a 5-year-old English bulldog, disappeared from his owners’ yard Feb. 16. (COURTESY PHOTO)

DiPaolo, his wife, Laura, and their three children live at 2473 Halle Drive.

Four days later, a woman telephoned and said she had heard about the lost dog through local news media. The woman, who declined to give her name, said she saw an ad on the Akron/Canton Craigslist offering a dog for sale that fit Diesel’s description.

DiPaolo said the ad was suspicious because it specified the dog was an English bulldog with no papers.

“That’s pretty unusual for bulldogs,” he said. “Usually, the papers are the most important thing for a dog like that.”

Before DiPaolo could respond to the ad, it was removed from the list.

He called Craigslist, but a representative said a subpoena was required to find out who posted the ad.

DiPaolo filed a report Friday with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective James Cartwright is investigating.

“I have a request for a subpoena in the courts and through the prosecutor’s office,” Cartwright said.

DiPaolo said Diesel is a 62-pound, white English bulldog with one black ear and some black spots. He has been the “unofficial mascot” for the past four years of a Highland Youth Football team that DiPaolo coaches.

“That’s the thing: Everyone around here knows Diesel,” DiPaolo said. “If he wandered off and someone saw him, they’d recognize him.”

He said bulldogs don’t often live past 8 or 9 years old, so he was getting somewhat old.

“I don’t think he was physically able to wander very far,” he said. “I’m 90 percent certain someone stole him.

“He is our pet and our friend,” DiPaolo said. “Anything anyone can do to bring him home would be great.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.