AMHERST, Ohio - A local man hopes surveillance video will help reunite him with his missing 4-month-old Maltese puppy named Clyde.
The tiny pup disappeared August 6 around 6:30 p.m. from the area near his Amherst motorcycle repair shop at 46100 Telegraph Road.
John Bryan has had Clyde since he was only a few weeks old and has only left the puppy alone three times. Unfortunately one of those times was last Thursday.
He thought the dog was secured inside his business with his food, water and crate and all of the doors locked, but unbeknownst to John the back barn door was broken and Clyde was able to somehow crawl through a small opening.
When John returned a few hours later he began frantically searching for Clyde and posted flyers at the business next door. Just 15 feet away is Cherry Knoll Pure Natural Spring Water; a self service center.
"He must have come out of the door maybe to look for me," said John, "He's so used to being with me."
John also called the Lorain County Sheriff's Office to see if anyone had found the puppy or called the dog warden.
Then John remembered Cherry Knoll has surveillance cameras. When he reviewed the video he clearly saw Clyde enter the facility and play with a few people. One man in particular is then seen on camera picking up Clyde and leaving in a black SUV.
"I was (feeling) mixed emotions," said John upon seeing the video, "I was happy I had an explanation for where he was and why he wasn't around but at the same time I was a little angry the fellow that picked him up didn't come looking for me."
Clyde was wearing collars and has a specific birth defect on his back left hind leg and paw.
John has filed a report with the Sheriff's deputies but hopes the situation will not escalate.
Choking back tears, he says he's trying to think the best of the man in the video and is only concerned at this time with getting his beloved puppy back. If he saw the man he says all he would say is "Thank you! Thank you for giving me my dog back!"
If you have information about the man or the Maltese puppy named Clyde you can call the Lorain County Sheriff's Office at (440) 329-3742 or call John Bryan directly at (440) 867-3949.