Tampa man offers $5,000 reward for dog and truck

11:01 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Rich McGannon is a quiet guy. He lives in a modest home in North Tampa with his two dogs, but that was last week. This week, he is looking for his SUV and his dog, both stolen at the same time.

On June 19, Rich went to the Walmart on North Dale Mabry and Waters to get some dog food. His white, long-haired female dog, Poochie, went with him and sat in the back seat. But when Rich came out of the store five minutes later, Poochie and his truck were both gone.

Rich immediately called the police to report the theft of Poochie and his Black 2007 Chevy Tahoe, then papered his neighborhood with flyers offering a nice chunk of change for information. A $5,000 chunk of change.

That's how much he wants his dog back.

"My grandfather gave me that dog. He died of cancer about two years ago, and he asked me to take care of her. She means everything to me," McGannon said.

Since the theft, Rich spends time with the only family he has, his red-haired dog, Brit. She's been with him since birth, but Rich said home just isn't the same without Poochie, and he's putting his money where his mouth is for help.

Anyone with information about the truck or dog are asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. 

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