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Military family believes dogs were stolen

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The Diehl family's missing Miniature Schnauzers, Stella and Domino. (Source: Diehl family) The Diehl family's missing Miniature Schnauzers, Stella and Domino. (Source: Diehl family)

A local military family's move to Reno has been put on hold after strangers apparently snatched two important members of the family, their Miniature Schnauzers.

On Friday, the Diehl family was nearly out the door, ready to hit the road to Reno. The dogs got loose and ran down the road. It's what neighbors reported next that has the family in shock.

"It really does put a hole in your heart when something like this happens. It's really devastating," Rachel Diehl said. "I was the only one that said, ‘Where are the dogs?' They couldn't be anywhere to be found."

The family combed the neighborhood, looking for Stella and Domino, both 6 years old. 

A neighbor reported seeing a black man and his elementary school-aged child corner the dogs and put them in a pickup truck, described as an older model, teal Chevy Silverado with black rims.

"My neighbor said he got in the truck, picked up the dog and then took off. They didn't stop to see if this was anyone's dog, and they [neighbors] couldn't see which way they went because my U-Haul was in the street," Diehl said.

Rachel Diehl's husband, Rob Diehl, is in the Army National Guard and had just received orders to report to Reno to serve as an active duty recruiter. He and the couple's 5-year-old son, Wakely, made the trip to Reno on Friday. Rachel Diehl and their 2-year-old daughter stayed behind. She said the loss of the dogs has pulled the family apart.

"You don't know what you're getting into when you take someone else's dog, because that's their lifeline," Rachel Diehl said.

Rachel Diehl has spent the last few days hanging posters and visiting local animal shelters.

"Just take them in, surrender them to the local animal hospital or the shelter. I just want them home," she said.

Rachel Diehl said Domino has a medical condition and requires eye drops twice daily. She's going to remain in town until Saturday, when she'll leave to be with her family in Reno.

Rachel Diehl asked that anyone with information call her at 702-449-7285.

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