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Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Woman Offers $100K In Dognapping Case

CORONA DEL MAR (CBS) — Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?…that's the question an Orange County woman is asking after her Chihuahua was stolen in what she calls a politically motivated attack.

Carol Rudat says her beloved dog, Romeo, was stolen from her Orange backyard in August 2010. She is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the safe return of her dog.

"I've been told by a professional detective that this is often done to send a message to back off what your doing," said Rudat. "It's done in business and it's done in politics."

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Woman offers $100,000 for missing Chihuahua

ORANGE – A former city council candidate has spent $20,000 looking for her lost Chihuahua and is offering up to $100,000 for the dog's return and conviction of anyone involved.

Carol Rudat said her 4-year-old dog Romeo was taken from her home in Orange on July 31, 2010 while she and her husband, Dave, were at an event for Camp Fire USA.

"We came home and noticed he was gone," said Rudat, 57. "My other dogs were absolutely frantic."

Rudat, a real estate agent, said she and her husband – a former Orange city manager – began posting reward signs within a two-mile radius of their home in east Orange, offering $1,000 for the safe return of the dog.

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