Sheriff’s deputies searching for dog stolen from Banks area last year

Banks – A 10-month investigation into a pair of pit bull terriers stolen from a property in Banks has seen one of the dogs, Java, reunited with its owner, but one is still missing: Blueberry, a one and a half year old American Pit Bull Terrier. She is described as gray with brindle fur, with white markings on her chest and paws.

According to Jessica Barnes, who lives in Milwaukie, Ore., her two dogs Java and Blueberry were being watched by a family member at a property in Banks when Barnes says they were stolen by Luis Bonilla, 51.

Bonilla was issued a criminal citation in lieu of arrest on November 17, 2017, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The two stolen dogs, however, were not located at the time.

Barnes says that there is an ongoing legal battle with Benella.

On May 9, 2018, Java was located wandering near SW 90th Ave, and SW Oak St. in Tigard.

“A Good Samaritan found her in Tigard, Oregon and took her into her car and had her chip checked,” said Barnes. Java was emaciated and had facial wounds, according to Barnes, but has recovered with some scars remaining from the ordeal.

The owner and dog were reunited, but Barnes wants Blueberry back, too.

Blueberry. Photo provided by Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported that a Hispanic male was seen driving through the area in Tigard, looking for the stolen dog. The unidentified man is believed to have possession of Blueberry based on statements that he made.

“I love my dog very much and miss her,” said Barnes.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Blueberry’s whereabouts to contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.