Pets can be like another family member for a lot of people, but this missing dog is so much more important to one local woman.

Read on for her heartbreaking story.

WABC-TV reports Linda Ciabattoni of Bradley Beach suffered a stroke eight months ago, and lost the ability to speak. In fact, she can only move her right hand, which she used to pet the 4 lb. Pomeranian/French poodle mix known as Millie.

Millie disappeared last weekend, and Linda's husband Silvio says she's been distraught without the dog.

Silvio Ciabattoni

The tiny pup was last seen in the yard at their home at the corner of 5th Ave. and Central Ave. in Bradley Beach on the morning of January 5th. Silvio is offering a $500 reward to the person who returns the dog.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silvio at 732-774-1372.

Let's get Linda her dog back!

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