A homeless man is asking for help to find his beloved dog, who was stolen from him.
A homeless man is asking for help after someone stole his beloved dog. "The dog was all that was important to me," said James Bryant.
James lives in Hudson, Florida and Handover, his 5-year-old Pit bull was a gift from his late wife. She died last year from breast cancer and had given Handover to James to keep him company.
"He's my life. He was the only thing I had left over from Jane when she died," he told Fox Tampa Bay. After Jane died, James lost the farm they lived on, his car and all his belongings. The only thing that has stayed by his side is Handover. "Handover is my best friend. He's my heart and soul," James said. "If anybody sees him, please bring him home."
James was sleeping on the US 19 with Handover when the dog disappeared. James sleeps with Handover tethered to his leg, but when he woke up on May 8, Handover was gone.
James is concerned that Handover may have been picked up by dog fighters, and is praying he is safe.
Carolyn Texter, who volunteers with animal rescues in the area, met James in March. She said she's watched James pay vet bills for Handover with the money he collects and is helping James with his search for Handover. She's set up a Facebook page Help Find Handover and has collected a reward to encourage the dog's safe return. She is hoping someone knows something that will help Handover reunite with James.
Handover is a 5-year-old unneutered male. He is a blue Pit bull and has white on his chest and a few of his paws are slightly white at the tip of his toes. He was last seen wearing a large, wide red buckle style color attached to a 36 inch chain.
Handover was stolen from James while he slept on the night of May 8, 2013. He was last seen in Hudson, Florida, at the intersection of US-19 and Beacon Woods Drive.
A reward of $810 is currently being offered for his safe return or for information leading to his safe return. If you have information about Handover's whereabouts, contact HelpFindHandover@gmail.com or call (727) 378-9755. Update: May 23, 2013: Handover has been reunited with James. Read more here.
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