2 families lose their dogs, believe someone is targeting specific breed

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DENVER -- Two Denver families are coping with the loss of their dogs, both German shepherds that went missing the last week of May. The Villa Park residents believe someone is targeting a specific breed.

Jessica Bruce said her dog, Von, is well trained and would never leave the backyard.

"He's never jumped the fence before. He stays in the backyard. He knows to stay in the yard. I have no idea how the gate got open," Bruce said.

Both families have called local animal control, but no luck.

"We put ads on Craigslist, Facebook. Every kind of site we can put Von on, we put him on," Bruce said.

Bruce said three German shepherds have gone missing near Vrain Street.

"I kind of have a gut feeling that he's being sold somewhere. Or someone has bought him," Bruce said.

Her 2-year-old son misses Von the most. Nehemiah has special needs and used Von as a therapy dog.

"It's hard to explain to your kids that your dog may not come home. I understand their emotion and the feeling that they're feeling and it's just heartbreaking for me that I can't take away the pain," Bruce said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bruce at 720-501-9382.

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