Family Offers $10,000 Reward for Missing Chihuahua

By Matt Thacker on Sept. 21
news@postperiodical.com

Riley, a 10-pound chihuahua mix, has been missing since Aug. 11 when he ran away while staying with relatives in Camarillo. The dog's owner is offering a $10,000 reward.
Riley, a 10-pound chihuahua mix, has been missing since Aug. 11 when he ran away while staying with his owner’s relatives in Camarillo. A $10,000 reward is being offered for his recovery.

A New York City man has offered a $10,000 reward for his lost dog which he believes may be in the San Fernando Valley.

Eliot Fumagalli was visiting family in Camarillo, Ventura County, when his dog slipped out the front door and ran away Aug. 11. The family handed out more than 2,000 flyers, contacted animal services and talked to neighbors. A few people reported seeing Riley, the 10-pound long-haired chihuahua mix, but he was never caught.

This month, a woman on Encino Avenue in Camarillo contacted the family and said she found the dog’s harness near her driveway. The harness was still snapped shut and not damaged.

The woman, who returned the harness, later told the owners she reviewed security tapes which showed the dog was taken by a coyote Aug. 12 at 4 a.m. However, Fumagalli said there were inconsistencies in the woman’s story, and she would not show him the security tape or have a third party confirm the video.

Fumagalli believes Riley was stolen, and he recently received information the dog may have been taken to Tarzana. The incident has been reported to police.

Riley is tan with a white chest and belly, pointy ears and a fuzzy white tail. Anyone who finds the missing dog or provides information which leads to the family finding him will receive a $10,000 reward.

Email rileylostdog@gmail.com or call 612-501-9707 if you have information. Fumagalli is providing updates and more information about the investigation on a Facebook page.