Monday, April 18, 2016

Trucker searching for stolen dog

They say dog is man’s best friend. For a truck driver, the connection can be even stronger.

“We traveled together every day,” longtime trucker Fito Irribarra said about his 14-month-old Maltese named Angelo. “He spent 24 hours a day with me. He’s so in tune with me. He’s my buddy. He’s my companion.”

Irribarra has been searching for Angelo since Thursday, April 14. That afternoon was when the truck driver from Hillsborough, N.J., says his dog was stolen from his truck while he was delivering kitchen cabinets to a business in Bronx, N.Y.

“Someone stole my GPS, and they took my dog,” Irribarra said.

Irribarra has spent much of the past few days posting flyers and getting the word out about his lost dog. He is offering a $300 reward for Angelo’s return.

Beyond being a good companion, Irribarra said Angelo served as a therapy dog of sorts. Irribarra, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, said Angelo would lick him every time his blood sugar or blood pressure levels would get high.

“He’s a special dog,” he said. “He’d lick me as a warning. Being together on the road and needing to let him out every two hours or so, I’d get out and walk. He helped keep me in shape. I’ve lost a lot of weight since I got him.”

For now, Frito and his wife, Rhona, are maintaining hope that Angelo will return soon.

“He’s a very unique dog,” Irribarra said. “I just want him back. I don’t care how much it will cost.”