The case of the missing Chihuahua, stolen in 2009 outside Georgie’s Alibi, came to an unhappy end for the dog’s owner last week.
Last Thursday, Broward Circuit Court Judge Matthew Destry entered an order requiring probationer Channing Bud Reynolds, 35, of Hereford, Pa., to pay the value of the pet.
Owner Brian Dortort, 50, of Oakland Park, was awarded $1,200 in restitution, but he was disappointed because his pet, affectionately named Hudson Hayward Hemingway, was never found.
"I'm very dissatisfied," Dortort told the Sun-Sentinel in an interview after the hearing.
Reynolds had pled no contest to grand theft last December, and was supposed to provide information helping to locate the missing dog. It was in July of 2009 that Reynolds asked Dotort to hold his cute dog outside the popular bar in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Dotort was throwing a birthday party at the time. Seconds later Reynolds disappeared with the animal, a female dog with an ostensibly pink belly and pink earrings.
While Reynolds was immediately identified as a suspect, he escaped arrest until he was found last year in Pennsylvania on a DUI-related charge. He was extradited to Broward on the grand theft in August and then released from jail on probation.
Last week’s hearing was to determine the amount of restitution, but Reynolds did not show. Judge Destry considered ordering an arrest warrant for him, but held the hearing in his absence instead and imposed the restitution order, which is a condition of his probation.