Wanda Ferrari parked her car outside a dollar store in Broward county Florida on Oct. 3, leaving her beloved 13-year-old Zorra on her back seat pillow without her wheelchair.
Ferrari returned to find her blue Volvo station wagon gone, along with her dog, according to Jamie Katz, a pet detective later hired to track down the missing dog.
The story piqued wider interest, picking up national coverage, and a $3,000 “no questions asked reward” was offered for the safe return of the shepherd/husky mix.
“Somebody stole a car in two minutes with a pet disabled in the back, for God’s sake,” Ferrari said at the time, according to Katz.
Five days later, on Oct. 7 Katz announced with “a broken heart” that Zorra had been found deceased. “We have not been given any other information by police except the car was found and Zorra has passed,” she said. “We are horrified at this news, we can’t imagine what this poor baby went through.”
Katz is a licensed private investigator who specializes in reuniting lost, missing, and stolen pets with their families.
As Katz tried to track down Zorra, she had shared video footage of the car, and provided images of Zorra in her four-wheeled wheelchair that went viral as the story took off.
UPDATE:It is with a broken heart that I have to announce that Zorra has been found deceased. We have not been given any other information by police except the car was found and Zorra has passed. We are horrified at this news, we can’t imagine what this poor baby went through. Our hearts go out to Zorra’s owner Wanda, we are all so sorry, we can’t imagine the pain you are enduring after receiving this information. We hope the person responsible for this will be found and justice served.RIP Zorra….Always by our side and Always in our hearts. We love you.Update: Zorra is still missing but we just got the video footage of the car Zorra was in being stolen… there is not a clear shot of the man but this is our first lead!!!🙏Oakland Park, FloridaZorra – White/Gray – Husky / Shepherd – Female ***Was in Back Seat When Vehicle Was Stolen****** Paralyzed Rear Legs – 13 Years Old*** ***$3,000 NO QUESTIONS ASK*D REWARD*****2005 – Blue – Volvo – Station wagon – License Plate Z1JYV – Gray on Hood and Drivers Door***Zorra went missing October 3rd in Oakland Park, FL off N Andrews Ave & Oakland Park Blvd. Zorra is a 13-year-old, spayed, female, white/gray, Husky / Shepherd mix weighing 45 lbs. Zorra is paralyzed in her rear legs, she cannot walk without a wheelchair. Zorra was inside of her owner’s car when it was stolen outside of the Dollar Tree store in the Oakland Park Festival Shopping Center. Zorra was not in her wheelchair when the car was stolen, she was laying in the backseat in her pillow. Zorra’s owner is absolutely devastated and needs everyone’s help to find her. The vehicle Zorra was stolen in has not been found yet, please BOLO for a 2005, Volvo, S70, blue, station wagon with faded blue on one side. There is a $3,000 NO QUESTIONS Asked reward for Zorra’s safe return, thank you all. Please (561) 860-3783#jamiekatzpetdetective#pijamiekatz#petdetective#lostdog#founddog#lost#found#dogsighting#loosedog#dog#oaklandpark#oaklandparkfl#oaklandparkflorida#broward#browardcounty#paralyzedrearlegs#lameness#lostdogsflorida#lostdogsofflorida#southflorida#southfl100+ Abandoned dogs of Everglades Florida#33309#florida#fl
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“Zorra is paralyzed in her rear legs,” explained Katz. “She cannot walk without a wheelchair.”
Ferrari previously told CBS Miami that she didn’t care about the return of the car, describing Zorra as her “child.”
“What I care about most is the dog,” she said. “I am going through breast cancer again. She went through it with me the first time,” Ferrari said. “We rescued her. She’s a rescue. She rescued me, I’m rescuing her. She’s rescuing me back.”
A local animal rescue group—100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida—said in a Facebook video that the dog was found dead when the car was found dumped in a pond.
According to the group, the Broward Sheriff’s Office would not comment or reveal further details other than to say that the dog had been found dead.
Officials from the Broward Sheriff’s Office have not confirmed the information and told the group the dog had died but did not release details.
“We hope the person responsible for this will be found and justice served,” said Katz.