'I am at a loss for words': Homeless man heartbroken over stolen service dog, $10,000 reward offered

A homeless man is heartbroken after his service dog disappeared on New Year's Day Eve in Sherman Oaks.

Homeless man’s service dog stolen in Sherman Oaks A homeless man in the San Fernando Valley has been struggling ever since his service dog disappeared. A lady took him to be groomed, but never brought him back. Jimmy Nicholos is pleading with the public to bring his ally 'Boots' home and a $10,000 reward is being offered.

Nicholas works part-time at Start Rescue Resale Store, a Sherman Oaks thrift shop that funds pet rescue adoptions. Apparently, this past New Year's Day Eve, a lady walked into the shop and offered to groom his dog. Nicholas said the lady had groomed his dog once before so, that's why he agreed, but she never returned his beloved 'Boots' to him. Later that day, the lady called the shop and claimed she took 'Boots' to the park and he ran away.

Nicholas is heartbroken over things and tells FOX 11, "He is my baby. I got two kids. I never need to raise and when that happened he was the sole thing that kept me sane. He never asks for anything, only a trace of love. I'm at a loss for words." The owner of the shop thinks the woman's story is suspicious and doesn't add up. She says the lady said two men approached her and she or he ran. She then loosed 'Boots' in the process. After the incident, Nichols and then the store owner called the lady several times, but she never returned their calls.

A police report has been filed. A $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of 'Boots.' If you recognize the whereabouts of 'Boots' please call 971-506-6026.

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