CHICO, Calif. - A Chico couple found their miniature Australian shepherd dead in their backyard after he was kidnapped last week from their home.
"It's like I had a son stolen out of my home and a son murdered," said Beth Koch.
The shepherd was named Cody, and he belonged to Dave and Beth Koch
Cody was taken from their home last Tuesday around 10:30 a.m.
"When I looked out the door and I saw them coming around the corner near my home," said Beth Koch.
Koch saw a white van with cursive writing on the side speeding down her quiet neighborhood on Rio Grande Road.
"It's has indentation handles," explained Koch. "You have to put your fingers in the little door to pull it open and no license plate."
Once the Koch's realized Cody was missing, they went straight to their friends and put the message out on social media.
"[I was] going up to Redding, Red Bluff, Oroville, Los Molinos," said Dave Koch. "We had a dog psychic come in and let us know where they might be."
Tuesday morning, the Koch's worst nightmare was realized when their other Australian shepherd, Callie, was acting unusual.
"She took my husband over here," said Beth Koch. "She had to show him something."
There they found their beloved Cody dead in their backyard. The Koch's believe Cody was poisoned.
"He was in good health," said Dave Koch. "It's just a shock seeing your dog laying there on the ground."
"We had so much publicity out there," said Beth Koch. "That's why our dog was returned this way, because the heat was on and they were sending us a very scary message."
Around the same time the Koch's found Cody, 10 miles away on North Cherry Street their friends English bulldog was almost taken away.
"I saw a guy running down the road with Bobo in his arms," said the dog's owner, Tim Johnston.
Johnston saw this dog being taken by a man in a hooded sweatshirt.
He screamed his dog's name and the would-be dognapper dropped him and then took off.
"Why would someone take our dog? He's a beautiful dog; don't get me wrong, why would someone take him?" said Johnston.
Investigators said they have reports of a white van being seen in both areas.
If you know any additional information, you are asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7321
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