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SC man who offered $10K for return of dog stolen in truck finds pet dead along highway

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 06:52:54-05

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (KTRK) -- A South Carolina man whose dog was stolen along with his truck has found the body of his beloved pet alongside a highway.

Charleston police said Ben Brengle found the body of his 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever mix named Bella early Sunday.

Her body was just blocks from a North Charleston Lowe's home improvement store where she and Brengle's truck were stolen days before Christmas.

He had offered a $10,000 reward for her safe return.

Brengle now plans to hold a service for Bella at Sullivan's Island.

It's not clear how Bella died.

A man is in custody for the truck theft. He has not been charged in connection with the dog's death.

Richard Rawlings Jr., 37, was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, the Post & Courier reported.