LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – There is a sad end to the search for Zorra, a disabled dog who went missing when someone stole his owner's vehicle with the dog still inside.
Zorra is dead, according to a Facebook video posted by the animal rescue group 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida.
The rescue group's video states the stolen vehicle, which was taken on Oct. 3 from the Dollar Tree store in the 3400 block of Andrews Avenue, was recovered in Lauderdale Lakes and taken to a tow yard.
Zorra's heartbroken owner, Wanda Ferrari, said she lost hope when she spoke to the company that towed her car.
"You try to hold out. She was a special girl," she cried.
The Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that it received a call from a towing company regarding the stolen Volvo and confirmed the dog was found deceased in the car.
The tow company said her Volvo was found left at the Boardwalk Apartment Complex in Sunrise. The car was backed in and the windows were up.
Zorra's owner spoke to reporters Tuesday.
"The main thing now is that we need to get out there and look for this person," said Ferrari. "They are doing their best at BSO. They are going to update you guys and everything. This is a big cry for justice right now because this is basically the murder of an animal that they let happen."
Investigators are awaiting the results of a necropsy.
No arrests have been made at this time.
The investigation into the auto theft and death of the canine continues.
"I'm outraged, sad, broken and angry" said Amy Roman, a dog rescuer.
Roman spearheaded the search for Zorra and hired a pet detective.
The pet detective, Jamie Katz, obtained surveillance footage of the car being stolen.
She and Roman said they were frustrated BSO said they couldn't find useable footage of the car being stolen.
"Maybe there was no video in front of the Dollar Tree but there were other places to look," said Katz.
There is a $3,000 reward being offered by the animal rescue group to anyone who has information on who stole the car and the dog.
If you have information on who took Zorra and the car, you are urged to call 1-877-506-8100.
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