CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Woodridge family whose pet dog was stolen in a break-in 10 days ago says it’s difficult to try to explain to the children why someone would take the family pet.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, Remy, a 3 1/2-year-old shih-tsu-poodle mix, has been part of the family’s home for almost three years. Before that, his owner, Marina, says he was rescued from an Ohio home that was overcrowded with pets, then brought to a shelter in Illinois.

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“I think it’s that if the break-in would have been they broke in, they took material items, they went off, then we’d probably be able to close this chapter and move on,” Marina said, “but our pet was taken. He meant a lot to us.”

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Marina says it’s been very hard for her children, ages 9 and 12. She says it is difficult for them to make sense of the theft.

Woodridge police say Remy and his grey metal crate were stolen from the home in the 6700 block of Harvest Avenue – along with an e-reader, several bottles of liquor and tea cups.

An anonymous donor is offering a $500 reward for Remy’s safe return.

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The Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society has offered to be the go-between – no questions asked – if whoever took Remy will get in touch with them and give Remy back.