A puppy that was a gift for an 8-year-old cancer patient was stolen Saturday from the parking garage of a San Francisco children’s hospital.
Kyle Jackson Wetle, who is battling a potentially fatal form of cancer known as lymphoblastic leukemia, received the black and tan Chihuahua-Doberman mix puppy from his parents on July 14 as one of his wishes.
The 15-month-old puppy — named "Chemo" — was last seen Saturday in a dog carrier in the front seat of the Wetle family’s car, when Kyle’s parents brought it to the UC San Francisco Children’s Hospital to surprise Kyle, who has been undergoing treatment
The car, parked on Level D of the parking garage, was broken into around 5 p.m. and the puppy was stolen, according to hospital spokeswoman Corinna Kaarlela. The window of the car was smashed, she said.
The UCSF Police Department is investigating the theft. After learning of the story, officers have pooled together $200 for a cash reward.
Kyle’s parents, who live in Monterey, "have not had the heart to tell Kyle that Chemo was stolen and are hoping that Chemo is found and returned soon," Kaarlela said.
Kyle’s parents wrote about purchasing the puppy on a Web site documenting their son’s battle with cancer.
"We surprised Kyle with his puppy yesterday. He almost cried!" his parents wrote recently. "[The puppy has a] great personality and hasn’t had one accident! It’s his fighting buddy who is going to help him fight his cancer!"
The police have received many calls and there are some leads, Kaarlela said, adding that the San Francisco Police Department is assisting in the investigation.
In March 2002, Kyle Wetle was diagnosed with the blood cancer, which is created in the bone marrow.
As of Friday, Wetle had just undergone chemotherapy, leaving him with "little to no immune system," according to his parents’ Web site. On Sunday, he is expected to have his bone marrow checked for the cancer.
"Pray for remission," his mother wrote.
Anyone with information regarding the puppy should call the UCSF Police Department at (415) 760-5867 or take the puppy to San Francisco County Animal Care and Control, 1200 15th St. in San Francisco.