North Carolina puppy stolen from a terminally ill girl, 5, with brain cancer: police

The pup was stolen a week ago.

(Burlington Police )

A puppy of a terminally ill 5-year-old girl in Burlington, North Carolina, was recently stolen, according to the local authorities and the girl of the family.

Shala Browning and her family, including her 5-year-old daughter Zakaia Gray, who has brain cancer, left the house last Saturday to celebrate Zakaia’s birthday. When they return home, with her 11-week-old American Bully puppy was missing.

“I usually take [Annabella May] everywhere with us. I am looking for her kennel trained, so I was like, ‘They will be OK for a few hours.’ We went to Durham for my birthday dinner, and when we got back, she was gone,” Browning told the Burlington Times-News.

Officials with the Burlington Police Department were called shortly after and confirmed that only the puppy was stolen during the break in. Browning told the newspaper that she suspects that the thief is his or her way into the home through a soon-to-be-repaired broken window on a door.

The pup, named Annabella May, has served as a companion for Zakaia, who was told that she has six months to live.

“It was a comfort for us to have a little puppy in the neighborhood,” Browning said of Annabella.

The authorities who are still investigating the incident, and encourage anyone with information to call the Burlington Police Department on 336-229-3500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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