Surveillance Cameras Catch Suspect Stealing Dog

Surveillance Cameras Catch Suspect Stealing Dog

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9 

ODESSA - Six-year-old Justin is grieving the loss of his five-month-old puppy, JoJo. "He didn't want to go to school, he wanted to go out looking for him," Glenda Cates, Justin's mom, said.

It all happened after a nightly routine turned into the dog being snatched right in front of their home.

"He didn't want to eat, he didn't want to drink nothing, he just wanted to find his friend," Cates said.

On April 10th, Cates let her three dogs outside around midnight and went back into the house to take care of her toddler. Just minutes later, she looked at her door and only two dogs came back.

"It's very scary thinking of something that you consider a family member just being carted off just because you weren't right there guarding them," Cates said.

When she looked at her security cameras, she noticed a car pull up and stop right when the dogs were outside to take off with them. The person gets out, walks around their car, and the video ends.

"So it's just been kind of a long day," Cates and Justin said.

Cates says all three dogs were wearing matching collars, and this isn't the first time someone has tried to take off with them. Since they are pit bulls, she's afraid of what people may have planned for JoJo.

"My biggest fear is that somebody is going to sell him, and fight with him, or you know like the shootings that were going on. I just don't want anything bad happening to our dog," Cates said.

She says the worst part is not have any answers for her son.

"He'll still ask questions, 'do you think JoJo is okay? Do you think they're being nice to JoJo? Do you think we'll ever see him again?' And that is very hard answering, not knowing yourself," Cates explained.

If you think you may know anything about this crime or the whereabouts of JoJo, you can call Glenda Cates at (432) 978-9252 or (432) 276-5308. You can also email her at