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Update: Where’s Bella? Lemont Family Seeks Community's Help to Find Lost Dog

Bella, a 3-year-old Toy Yorkie, was lost Saturday night in Briarcliffe Estates.

Story update Wednesday: Bella was found deceased Tuesday night; Karen Kozol said it appears the 3-year-old Toy Yorkie dog had made it through two nights and was on her way home but didn't make it.

"I really do want people to know how much it meant to us that they came out to help look for her," Kozol said. "[It is] the hardest loss for our family. We hope she is resting in peace, and we will miss her every single day."

Original story:

Karen Kozol of Lemont is desperately searching for one of her beloved family members, 3-year-old Bella, who was lost late Saturday night in the Briarcliffe Estates neighborhood near 127th St. and I-355.

“Bella is my 10-year-old daughter’s best friend,” Kozol said of the five-pound Toy Yorkie dog. “We are just devastated without her.”

The family lives in Equestrian Estates in Lemont, but Kozol said her daughter was spending the weekend at her dad’s house in Briarcliffe Estates on the other side of town when Bella escaped at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

“They opened the garage door and she just ran out,” Kozol said. “She’s not familiar with the neighborhood. Something must have startled her or she got scared and just ran.”

Friends and family – and even the family’s two Siberian Huskies – have spent countless hours looking for tiny Bella, but to no avail. But although losing Bella isn't the only bad news the family has had to deal with lately, Kozol isn’t giving up hope.

“My daughter was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis,” she said. “She really needs her dog right now. But maybe someone has found Bella – and we’re hoping they will bring her back to us.”

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for Bella’s return. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the 3-year-old Toy Yorkie should call Karen at 815-693-6231.

denise brigham January 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
OMG my heart goes out to the Kozol family. I have a 2.5lb yorkie Hairy Pawter and I can just imagine how they must feel! I will keep the family in my prayers and hope that Bella returns her family and to their 10 year old daughter!
denise brigham January 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
We are so deeply sorry to hear about your loss! I prayed so hard for your family last night. I am sure Bella is in peace now! Our deepest sympathy to your little girl and your family. The Brigham Family
Toni Serevino January 08, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Prayers to Karen, Mikayla, Brooklyn and family. I knew Bella, sweetest little girl ever...,rest beautiful Bella
Ginger1397 January 10, 2013 at 03:52 PM
That is so sad. I was praying for a happy ending. Our pets are such important parts of our lives. My heart goes out to you and your family. I did receive a message via phone from "Find Toto" and was hoping that Bella would be found. My deepest sympathies.

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