Almost a month has passed since the Olsen family has seen their dog Hennessey.
On the evening of May 29, Farmington Hills resident Sergey Olsen was walking two of the family’s dogs, brothers Hennessey and Lukie, in his neighborhood on Lochmoor Street when three unidentified people, all in their late teens or early 20s, pulled up in a vehicle beside him, asking about the dogs and if they could pet them.
Before Sergey knew it, the three suspects had grabbed his dogs and attempted to flee the neighborhood, but Sergey grabbed the car, being dragged 50 to 100 feet by it, before he was able to save one of his dogs — Lukie. Hennessey remains missing.
The Olsen family is now offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who returns Hennessey to them, no questions asked.
Hennessey is a 1-year-old, 5-pound brown male Morkie (a Maltese-Yorkie mix), who is microchipped and neutered.
“We really felt as a family that we wanted to do something that would bring him home,” Elizabeth said. “Although Sergey was assaulted in this whole thing, and was hurt pretty badly, those wounds will heal. The wounds of living without Hennessey are the long-lasting ones that we’ll have as a family if he doesn’t come home.”
It’s not just the people who occupy the Olsens’ household who are grieving over their stolen furry friend. Elizabeth said Lukie has noticeably been trying to cope with the kidnapping of his brother as well.
“For the first week he didn’t eat. He wouldn’t go outside on his own. He’s got a little diaper on because he wouldn’t even go outside to use the bathroom,” Elizabeth said. “Whenever he sees his harness, he shakes. He knows what that means now, and it makes me think, what kind of trauma has Hennessey gone through?”
Sergey, who has a mental health condition and was given the dogs as therapy pets, has noticeably been affected the worst by the situation, his mother said.
“He saved Lukie, but all he can focus on is the one he didn’t save. He relives what happened every night, and so the best thing we can do is to find Hennessey.”
Elizabeth said the community has been great at coming up with similar-looking dogs and sharing them with the family, though none has turned out to Hennessey. She guessed she and her family have been shown 50 different dogs since Hennessey was kidnapped.
Despite the immense feelings of loss for Hennessey, the Olsen family is choosing to learn from the experience, and hopes others in the community can too.
The biggest lesson they’ve learned is not to walk alone, especially if you’re a young or elderly person. Elizabeth said she and her family members don’t walk the dogs alone anymore. They go together as a family now.
If people decide to walk alone, Sergey said they should “be cautious” and know their surroundings.
“Even if people do pull up, just be cautious of them,” Sergey said.
The Olsens learned that investing in safety precautions, like pepper spray and a video doorbell, would be beneficial for their family and neighbors as well.
Most importantly, the family hopes the incident can draw the community closer together.
“If we would all watch out for each other a little more and get some security cameras, like one of those Ring doorbells, then maybe we could prevent this from happening again,” Elizabeth said. “What we’ve gone through, I don’t want any other family to have to go through.”
The Olsens have posted flyers around the city, as well as in many of the dog parks in Detroit. Anyone with information regarding the kidnapping of Hennessey should contact the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.
Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093.