ONLY ON 8: Looking for Luna, Marine's family pleads for dog's return

LAS VEGAS - UPDATE: Luna has been found and returned to the family. 8 News NOW will have an update later.

A Marine's family is pleading for the return of their dog after they believe they were scammed.

The Rottler family paid a man $500 to train their German Shepherd, but after repeated attempts to reach the man, the dog is nowhere to be found.

Patricia Rottler came to visit her mother-in-law for New Year's and she met a man who told her he could help train her dog.

Luna is five months old, has a green tattoo on her right ear and is training to become a service dog.

"She's a beautiful German Shephard. She's super friendly and she loves people," said Rottler. 

Patricia Rottler's husband, Raphael, is a Marine and has been in the military for 10 years. He's currently stationed in Japan.

Raphael and Patricia bought Luna overseas. 

"During the night, the brightest thing is the moon and Luna in English actually represents moon and I told my husband, when you fall into a really dark time that you need her, she'll be there. She'll be your Luna," said Rottler.

Rottler met a man named Lion Fludd at Sunset Park last Thursday, who said he was a dog trainer. 

"He showed me some tricks and he showed me the videos that he had of other dogs that he was training," said Rottler.

Patricia was impressed and gave Fludd $500 to train Luna for a few days. It was a surprise for her husband. Then, Fludd stopped answering her calls.

"He took it as a laughing matter. We tried to reach out to him many times," Rottler said. "My mother-in-law called him. I've had other people call him and he just rejects the calls."

8 News NOW was there as three police cars surrounded Fludd for almost two hours. Police also were also looking for answers. 

Fludd was not arrested. When 8 News NOW talked to him afterwards, he was smiling and asked us to get his "good" side. 

"Would you like to tell us your side of the story?," Reporter Shakala Alvaranga asked. 

"Sure. Absolutely. Whatever time we can sit down and schedule an interview. I'd be more than happy to do that," Fludd said.

"This is why I have you right now," Alvaranga said. 

"No, not right now. I'd like do that with a prepared statement and everything like that," Fludd said.

Fludd told police that he lost Luna. The Rottler's are now being forced to take him to court. 

"If there's a comment to be given, I'll do that once my attorney states that it's OK to give because this is an ongoing investigation," Fludd said. "I don't want to give any kind of comment that could either help or hinder or anything of that nature. I hope you understand."

Patricia is hoping someone somewhere may have seen something that will help locate Luna. She believes Luna may have been sold. 

"I'm going to fight tooth and nail to get her back or to find out what happened to her," Rottler said.

If you've seen Luna, the Rottler's ask that you e-mail them at: deedeeanew@gmail.com.

"Just let me know that she's alive," Rottler said through tears. "Let me know that she's OK."

Raphael plans to come to Las Vegas to help with the search on Saturday.

 


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