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SIMI POLICE OFFICER'S FAMILY SEARCHING FOR MISSING PET.

Byline: Gloria Gonzales Daily News Staff Writer

For Simi Valley police Officer Steve Timbol, helping people comes naturally. But asking for help is a little more difficult.

``But I've been asking homeless people and transients if they've seen her,'' Timbol said. ``I've asked merchants, and I passed her picture around at roll call. All the officers have an eye out for her.''

So far, Timbol has no leads in the disappearance of his family's beloved dog, Tyke, a 3-year-old Presacanario mastiff.

While Timbol has rallied support on the force, his wife Dorina has canvassed their neighborhood and alerted her Neighborhood Watch group.

``I've put up fliers and personally gone around to 90 percent of the homes in our tract,'' she said. ``I've been to the Camarillo and Simi shelters. Nothing.''

The Timbols believe the rare, purebred was taken from their back yard while they and their two young children were away.

Dorina Timbol last saw Tyke Thursday afternoon. When she returned home Saturday morning, the brindel-colored dog, which weighs about 120 pounds, was gone.

``She couldn't have got out herself,'' Dorina said. ``Whoever took her had to go through two gates to get to the area where Tyke stays. How could the dog get out and close two gates behind her?''

The Timbols believe that a neighborhood prankster might have taken the dog.

``Some of the neighborhood kids taunt my husband because they know he's a cop,'' Dorina said. ``It's one of the most difficult things about his profession. You would think that people would respect that, but it isn't always that way.''

The Timbols believe whoever took the dog knew the family and the neighborhood.

``She's an intimidating-looking dog if you don't know her,'' Dorina Timbol said. ``My husband's friends come over cops - big, huge guys, and they don't want to approach her.''

But beneath her fierce exterior lies a gentle heart, Steve Timbol said.

``She's a gentle giant, very caring and calm with the kids,'' Timbol said. ``She wouldn't hurt a flea even if it bit her.''

``She's great with the baby,'' Dorina Timbol added. ``She sits by her crib and when she cries he looks at her and then at me - like she's worried about the baby.''

The Timbols said they reported the disappearance to the Simi Valley police as a theft, though they declined to reveal the price they paid for their pet.

``We would have reported it even if she was only valued at the one dollar,'' Steve Timbol said. ``She's a part of our family.''

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Photo: (Ran in Conejo and Simi--color in Simi only) Tyke's family is looking everywhere in Simi Valley for its purebred pet that disappeared from its back yard while they were away.
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