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'You don't steal somebody's dog': Vancouver panhandler saddened by companion's disappearance

Michael Lorimer says his Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross was taken after he entered a restaurant in East Vancouver. Now, community members are helping search for Mishah.

Michael Lorimer says his Chihuahua cross was taken after he entered a restaurant in East Vancouver

A picture of Michael Lorimer's dog Mishah from a missing poster put up in East Vancouver. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

An East Vancouver man who often sits outside a neighbourhood restaurant in his wheelchair is hoping his stolen dog will be returned to him.

Michael Lorimer says his dog went missing about a week ago after he went into the building at East Hastings and Nanaimo and left the animal outside.

Lorimer says he's devastated he left the dog on its own. 

"I'm hoping someone thought the dog was in need of help and were doing right by picking her up," he said Sunday. "You don't steal somebody's dog ... she's part of your family."

Watch Michael Lorimer describe what his dog means to him:

Lorimer is looking for his pet, which went missing in East Vancouver. 0:17

The dog is a Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross named Mishah. The animal is mostly white with brown ears and a small black spot on its back.

Lorimer is partially paralyzed and has panhandled in the neighbourhood for several years. He said it's been tough being without his pet.

"She was with me 24-7. She's just a great little dog, a good little companion."

Community members have been helping Lorimer try and find Mishah by putting up posters about the dog.

With files from Jon Hernandez.