Dog stolen from yard in southwest Detroit, caught on surveillance video

Posted at 7:41 PM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 19:41:37-04

A pug-mix was stolen out of a yard in southwest Detroit.  The owner has surveillance video and is looking to get her dog back.

It happened on May 7, in a yard off Hubbard and Porter.  Marlena Hanlon said she arrived home from work to find Totem the dog missing from the yard.  

"It just seems like such a horrible punishment for letting her play in the yard,” said Hanlon.

Hanlon said the dog’s leash was missing and the gate was open.

"I noticed that the gate was left open, it was open in such a way that it couldn't have been accidental, it had to be physically removed,” said Hanlon.

She also noticed the leash was gone.  She said she searched all through the night, but found no sign of Totem.

She said then checked surveillance video from a nearby building and spotted a woman taking the dog.  A neighbor also told Hanlon she saw the same woman.

"It was an older woman, who had blond hair with a very young girl, elementary school age in a white SUV,” said Hanlon.

Marlena is hopeful the pair will do the right thing and bring Totem home.
Totem is a 4 year-old pug mix with a brindle coat and a white heart shape on her chest.

"It's Mother's Day, she's the only child that I have, I just really miss her a lot,” said Hanlon.

If you have any information, you can call Marlena at (313) 414-0083 or email her at