POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 3:50pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — "It's like losing an extension of your family, like a child or something," says Lamar Posey.
Lamar Posey's pit bull Rebel is missing again and he's shocked. The pit bull was stolen from his Baton Rouge home for the second time in less than a year. All that's left of his seven-year old canine is his collar.
"Rebel was nowhere to be found. The fence was busted. His collar was laying by the gate where it was broken," states Posey.
The last time Rebel was stolen he was found covered in bite marks. Posey believes they were the result of dog fighting.
"The pit bull is by far the most stolen, the most exploited, the most abused breed here, locally and around the country," says E.B.R. Animal Control Director Hilton Cole. He says the parish impounds, seizes or rescues around 1600 pitbulls a year, many of them involved in illegal breeeding or dogfighting. He says that's not by accident.
"It's logical that the pit bull would be stolen because it has cache. You can breed it to fight. You can breed it for its beauty. You can do a lot of things with the pit bull. There's a big demand for them.
Posey estimates that in his neighborhood alone right off of Jefferson Highway five dogs have been stolen. But he hopes that with the thousands of posters he's put up around East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes his best friendd will be found safe and sound again.
"The good news is I haven't found her dead, so hopefully he's going to turn up in somebody's backyard.