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Pet Kidnapping Or Rescue? Woman Refuses Dog's Return

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VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) -

Double devastation.

That's how a South Valley family is describing what they're going through.

Their long-time pet has been missing for almost two months now, and the woman who claims to have found the 11-year-old cocker spaniel, is playing finders keepers.

"She was just one of the kids. It's a real tragic loss not knowing where she is. If we found a carcass, it would've been closure.  That would've been much better but we have no idea," said Louis Whitendale, Mackenzie's owner.

Frightened by a loud motorcycle, Mackenzie ran off from her family farm nearly two months ago.

She was last seen scurrying into a Visalia neighborhood.

"To us it's like losing a child," said Louis.

The Whitendales have spent a lot of time and money trying to find her.

"We've tried so many things.  We put up posters, knocked on every single door in the neighborhood, we had a phone service call 1,200 homes.  We put ads on Craigslist, Facebook, newspapers, everywhere, all the vets, all the groomers, and everything," said Lindsay Whitendale.

The Whitendales got a phone call on June 15th from a woman who said she has Mackenzie, and that the dog was limping and dirty.

"She said since we did not take care of her, she was not going to give her back.  We do have a happy home.  I got a little bit into that and she hung up on me," said Louis.

Rosie's phone number showed up as blocked on caller ID.

Now the Whitendales are begging the public for help in finding Rosie and Mackenzie.

"We love our dogs like crazy, they are members of our family, we'd love to have her come home," said Lindsay.

The family is offering a $500 reward.

Mackenzie is described as an 11-year-old cocker spaniel, she's wearing a pink princess collar and has a scar on her nose.

If you have any information on where Mackenzie is, you're asked to call (559) 308-2247.

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