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Thieves Take Cancer Patient's Dog

5:22 AM, Sep 24, 2008   |    comments
Ryan Morgan and Dixie before she was stolen on September 10th.
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A young cancer patient is putting out a call for help after someone broke into his family's home and stole his brand new puppy.

What's worse, investigators believe whoever did it knows the family and the fact that the little boy is sick.

Ryan Morgan was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma four years ago, and he has been fighting his cancer on-and-off ever since.

Ryan turned 10 in July, and his parents gave him a miniature dachshund for his birthday to help him keep his spirits up.

"Whenever I went to the hospital or something, I would always think of her, and it would make me happier," he said. "I really like her. She's cute."

Ryan and his family were stunned when they returned to their Barrow county home two weeks ago to find that someone had broken in and stolen the puppy named "Dixie" from inside her crate.

"Who would steal a dog when you see pictures of a boy who has cancer," Ryan said. "I don't know why."

"He's been through a lot," said Missy Morgan, Ryan's mother. "I had cancer last year, and it's not right. I can't understand why this is happening. We just want her back to make things as right as we can. We just want his puppy back."

Investigators were able to recover a fingerprint and a footprint from the scene.

They told the Morgans they believe teenagers who know the family are responsible.

Along with Dixie, who's 13 weeks old, the thieves also took Ryan's Wii entertainment system, his mom's computer which was filled with photos of ryan and her jewelry case with some of the trinkets Ryan made for her over the years.

"We're just trying to get Dixie back," Ryan said. "That's pretty much all I want."

"He just loves here to death, we all do," said Missy Morgan. "We desperately want her back."

To contact investigators with information, call the Barrow County Sheriff's Department at 770-307-3084.

Wanted posters produced by the Morgans include their number, 770-329-8683.

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