FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Weatherford family already struck with tragedy says they suffered a new loss this weekend when someone stole their English bulldog.

Melissa Miller, 22, says she bought the dog after the death of her mother.  “It’s the darkest time in my life,” said Miller.  “This dog, for me, fixed that. It was like my angel.”

Miller says the now three-month-old puppy helped pull her out of a dark, lingering depression.
“The happiness in her is what keeps me going,” she said.

“I’ve never seen a bond between an animal and person ever that strong,” said her husband, Ryan Miller.

Friday afternoon, though, while the Millers were grabbing a quick lunch at Don Pablo’s near the Ridgemar Mall in Fort Worth, they say, someone broke into their truck, ripped out the stereo, and stole their puppy.

“It was instant terror. That’s what  felt.  It was just instant terror.  Where is my baby?” remembers Melissa.

Fort Worth police reports show a string of car burglaries this weekend around the Ridgmar Mall striking cars parked outside Don Pablo’s, the Olive Garden and the Movie Tavern.

“I got my blood pressure high ‘cause I’m pissed,” said Ryan Miller.  “I want to know who did it – I want to know why they did it.”

The couple says they were surprised that in broad daylight and in such a public place nobody saw the crime.  “You think they would have some surveillance,” said Melissa.

Monday marked the anniversary of her mother’s death.  It was a day Melissa hoped the puppy, named Kyndal, would help get her through.

Instead, she is feeling yet another loss.  “It just brings back all those old memories.  It opens the door again.”

The Millers spent the weekend outside of the restaurant with signs asking for help finding the dog. They also passed out fliers.  They have even hired a private detective, hoping someone can help bring back their puppy.

The puppy was an expensive one.  About $2,000.  But it means even more to this couple. They’re offering a $5,000 reward.

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