Family mourning the loss of pet a year after attempted kidnapping

By Jill Kuramoto
Published On: Dec 03 2012 10:11:06 AM HST

The loss of a family pet is no doubt heartbreaking, especially when it comes almost one year to the day of a traumatic event involving your child.

HONOLULU -

The loss of a family pet is no doubt heartbreaking.  But, when it comes almost exactly one year to the day of an attempted kidnapping involving your child, it’s just unthinkably cruel.

That's what one family is dealing with.

An empty crate is what Jay Yano has left to remind him of his missing friend. 

"He’s kind of our mascot here at the shop," said Yano.

It's been three days since Macho disappeared.

Yano is convinced someone stole Macho from the Kalihi shop where he works and where everyone in the neighborhood knows him.

"It’s easy for someone to open it and let him out, but he couldn’t do it himself," said Yano of the iron gates that access his t-shirt screening business.

It happened late in the afternoon on Nov. 28 and it must have happened quickly.

"He had to have gone in a car, otherwise someone would have seen him walking around," said Yano.

A cruel coincidence?

It was almost one year ago exactly, when a man tried to steal Yano's truck right in front of his McCully home with his 9-year-old daughter still inside.

His son jumped in and helped his Dad stop the suspect, saving his sister.

To try to explain the irony is impossible.

"It affects my son and daughter again that something has been taken and my wife even says, ‘You know, I’m tired of things being taken from us during this time,'" said Yano.

Yano said it's his kids who are taking Macho's disappearance especially hard.

"He was so much fun.  He would always jump on his two legs and I would hold his paws and we would dance around," said Jonah Yano, 12.  "I hope somebody will return Macho because he was my best friend."

Fliers are up around town and Yano checks Craigslist regularly with the hopes he'll somehow find Macho.

A reward is being offered for Macho's return.

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