Update: After Anaheim police and Orange County sheriff's deputies canceled a planned news conference for 2 p.m. Wednesday, which was scheduled to provide more details about the reward money, the anonymous donor who pledged $10,000 in reward money withdrew his offer. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said there was no official reason for the cancellation, other than the family being too upset over the situation.
Topoli, a 6-year-old English bulldog and companion to an Aliso Viejo girl undergoing cancer treatments, was stolen from the family car in Anaheim on Thursday.
The Oreyzi family said their 13-year-old daughter is terribly upset without her friend and they hope the animal will be returned safely soon.
Sgt. D.J. Haldeman with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said officials don't think the dog is now in Aliso Viejo, but they are doing what they can to help spread the word.
The reward was reduced from $11,000 to $1,000 when an anonymous donor who pledged $10,000 in reward money withdrew his offer after the girl's family canceled a news conference to publicize the reward. The Union Supply Group of Rancho Dominguez donated $1,000.
— City News Service contributed to this report.