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Battle Ground man’s dog stolen in car theft

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Battle Ground man is searching for his dog after the pet was stolen, along with his car, last week from the parking lot at ilani casino.

The Jack Russell and rat terrier mix, named Trigger, was taken the night of Aug. 11.

The owner, David Richardson, 54, said he went to the casino around 9 p.m. to pick up his brother. He left Trigger for about a half-hour, and when he returned to the parking lot, his 1998 Honda Accord was gone, along with his dog.

“I’m heartbroken over this. I just want to find my dog. That’s all I want. I don’t care about nothing else,” he said.

Richardson has owned Trigger for about 13 or 14 years, he said. The dog is white with black markings, including a figure eight on his right side, with no tail. Trigger had on a red collar and gray flea collar, he said.

Richardson reported the theft to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, he said, which recovered his vehicle at a house near Northeast 99th Street and Northeast St. Johns Road. But Trigger wasn’t there.

Using the house as a jumping-off point, Richardson’s friends helped him track down the thief, who said he dropped off Trigger the same day in the Delta Park area in Portland. Richardson said the man has not yet been arrested, but he plans to press charges.

“I’m beyond hurt. I’m just mad now,” Richardson said, as he searched and posted flyers in the Delta Park area Tuesday. “I’m just trying to find my dog.”

Richardson said he’s posted Trigger’s information on Facebook and reached out to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, as well as rescues and shelters in Oregon. He warned that Trigger scares easily.

“I need all of the help I can get. He is the world to me,” Richardson said.