"Excuse me. Have you seen this dog?"
It's a heartbreaking question repeated by dog owners all over Southern California as pet thefts increase across the area.
Karen Chamberlain was victimized last November when robbers ransacked her apartment and made off with her 4-pound Maltese, Jack.
"It was like someone stealing your heart out of you," Chamberlain said.
According to one animal welfare group, Jack is among the estimated 2 million pets that were stolen in the U.S. last year.
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