A 93-year-old World War II veteran was heartbroken after his beloved dog was taken from his front yard in Downey, but the pair were happily reunited Saturday afternoon. Roger LeClair said a woman came to his home and took his 12-year-old teacup Chihuahua named Lola last week.
The woman claimed to be taking the 1-1/2-pound dog to a veterinarian but never came back. After his plea to find Lola made headlines, LeClair received many phone calls from people offering to help. A teacher who saw Lola’s picture ended up spotting her and called LeClair with the good news.
Another veteran from Whittier, named Byron Holtzclaw, was willing to offer a $5,000 reward for the return of Lola, but she was found before he could get the word out. He ended up giving the money to LeClair for dog food for the rest of Lola’s life.