It's a crime that police come across far too often. Dogs stolen from their backyards, especially pit bulls, who are then sold into a life of dog fighting.
We spoke with a Laveen family who fears that may have happened to their beloved family pet, a gentle dog that disappeared from his home last week.
His food and water bowl are still half full. His bed empty, waiting for his return, but 8-year-old Bentley is still missing.
Tracie and Kelvin Goode say he may be a dog, but Bentley is a member of this family, and this whole ordeal feels a lot like a kidnapping.
"The possibility of it, being the worst case scenario, that's what bothers me," says Kelvin Goode.
Bentley disappeared almost a week ago from his backyard in Laveen, and his breed alone makes the Goode's think someone might have stolen him to use as a bait dog in the illegal, vicious world of dogfighting.
"The way that we raised him is with love and with compassion, we didn't raise our dog to attack other dogs or to attack people, we raised our dog to love us."
"We've literally gone door to door and knocked on people's doors and passed out flyers on mail boxes and posted an ad on Craigslist," says Tracie Goode.
Bentley didn't spend a lot of time outside. The family did bring him over to the park a few times, but they feel so helpless now putting up flyers and trying to get the word out. Their kids Jaden and Kristopher they just want their dog back.
The twin boys view Bentley as a brother, and for his safe return, the Goode's are willing to forgive and forget anyone who might be involved.
"They're suffering a loss right now, I mean they were so close to him and so as a family we're really grieving the fact that he's gone," says Tracie. "I just feel like I just can't give it up, I can't give up trying."
If you have any information about the abduction of Bentley please contact the Phoenix Police Department.
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