By Robbie Owens

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jerome Palomo’s best buddy is a beautiful, pug-nosed English bulldog that answers to Hoss. And now, the DFW dog owner wants his friend back home. Hoss has been missing for months.

“It’s turned into my sole purpose in life at this point,” said Palomo. “This is all I’m doing, day and night: eating, sleeping, trying to find this dog.”

The 34-year-old man’s saga began in September, after Hoss was left with a dog sitter operating out of a Casa Linda home. Palomo said that he had used the woman’s services several times in the past year and a half and experienced no problems. If he was out of town, he would get quick text and Facebook updates — often with pictures included — to reassure him that all was well with his beloved Hoss.

But this time, Palomo sensed that something was wrong, and time would prove him right.

“I started texting. I started asking. And no response. And then I went to voicemail and never a returned call. And that’s when I started getting really scared. So, I took a drive to Casa Linda and found a vacant home,” Palomo said. “I just lost it right there. I can’t fathom how someone could do that — especially if you are a dog sitter.”

Neighbors told Palomo that the woman was evicted. Heartbroken, he spent weeks tracking the disappearing dog sitter, finally locating and confronting her. But he would not like what he was about to hear.

“She broke down and admitted that she sold my dog because she needed money,” Palomo said. Again, he was stunned.

But, with a name and a cryptic bill of sale, Palomo was soon hard at work trying to locate the alleged buyer. He turned to social media for clues and found out that Hoss had apparently been sold several times. Then, on Tuesday night, another good tip led him to a home in Arlington.

“When he wouldn’t come out or open the door, that’s what led me to believe he really did have Hoss there,” Palomo said.

Police in both Dallas and Arlington told Palomo that the alleged dognapping is a civil matter, he said. Now, Palomo is just hoping that the person who has his beloved Hoss will have a change of heart.

“Give me my dog back,” Palomo said. “Please.”

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