Patrick Pace; Spring Hill dognapping

February 11th, 2011 by Staff

Spring Hill, FL – It has been a month of joy and grief for Patrick Pace and his family.

First they adopted two four pound malti-poos named Chloe and Christopher.

Weeks later, Christopher was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he passed away.

Days after they lost Christopher, they lost Chloe.

On Wednesday, Pace took her into his work at Hernando County’s Animal Services to have a veterinarian check her out.

On the way home, his car broke down near the Suncoast Highway.

Two men in a truck pulled over but not because they wanted to help him. They wanted his money.

“My knees are buckling because I got punched in the back of the head,” said Pace.

As busy as Powell Road is by Barclay around rush hour, there were no witnesses to the incident. Then again, Pace says, it happened in a matter of minutes.

Next thing Pace knows the crooks take off with his cash, credit cards and Chloe.

Pace, a disabled Army veteran, faced combat in Iraq but says he never thought this would happen to him at home.

“We just want her back, we’re willing to pay a reward,” said Pace.

As Chloe’s cage sits empty in the house, Pace’s fiance Justine is full of tears. “I just hope someone has the heart to bring her back. She needs to be home,” she said.

Their 5-year-old son Joseph agreed, “Chloe come home.”

If you know anything about the Wednesday night robbery on Powell Road near Barclay in Spring Hill, call Hernando County deputies.

If you see a dog that looks like Chloe, contact Pace directly through this email:

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