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Mugging victim has no wallet, assailant takes puppy instead

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Generic police tape at puppy crime scene. CBS/AP

(CBS) HOUSTON, Texas - Police say a man was robbed at knife-point while walking his dog, and since he did not have his wallet, the perpetrator decided to take the puppy at the end of his leash instead.

CBS Houston reports that 39-year-old Darin Carey was taking his dog out on Feb. 15, when he was approached by a man hiding a knife inside of his raincoat.

"He said he was going to stab me unless I gave him my wallet," said Carey. "I put my hand in my pocket and said, 'I don't have a wallet, I'm walking my dog.'"

Jodi Silva from the Houston Police Department, said the dog was a Shih Tzu named Toby.

"Because the victim didn't have a wallet on him, he then demanded the dog," Silva told the station. "[The suspect] then fled on bike."

She added that the suspect was described as a black male, between the ages of 45 and 48, and appeared to weigh between 180 and 190 pounds. Fliers have been posted in local neighborhoods.

If the thief is caught, he will be charged with aggravated assault. But all Carey wants is Toby.

"I just want him back," said Carey. "I want my little angel back."

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