Former actor Mo Twister, who moved to the US in 2012 after over two decades of working in Philippine showbiz, has shared some devastating news about his beloved pet dog Bamboo.
Bamboo, an English Bulldog, was recently killed after being stolen from the Las Vegas home of the veteran radio DJ and his wife, former fellow Magic 89.9 DJ Angelicopter (real name Angelika Schmeing).
The radio DJ wrote on social media, “Many of you knew Bamboo from Day 1. If you’d like, scroll thru my feed and the 10yrs of watching him grow and help raise our kids. I always wanted an English Bulldog and when we brought Bamboo into our lives in New York he was an instant hit! Everyone in the neighborhood stopped to pet him, even the Hollywood celebs! We moved to Las Vegas and Bamboo saw us raise the kids and he became their protector—an incredible guard dog. As he aged and started to show diminished eyesight/hearing, he still had the alertness and desire to keep us safe.
“Two days ago, he was taken from the home he protected so well for so many years. Three men who worked on construction next door from a company called Gonzalez Flooring here in Vegas tied a rope around his neck and led them into their truck in this summer heat. I have the cam footage [of them] driving away from our home with Bamboo. I saw these men yesterday and confronted them with the evidence and asked for my dog back. It got tense and the police responded and because the law has to have certain elements to warrant a felony, we just didn’t have enough — even though they admitted to stealing Bamboo. They said they stole him but let him go down the street from our home because they panicked.
“This morning his dead body was found in the area of the person who stole him. Nowhere near my home, an impossible distance for an old and nearly blind Bulldog to reach.
“I’d like to believe Bamboo put up a hell of a fight before they murdered him. I’d like to believe in his last moments he remembered our days in Central Park, the day Amsterdam came home for the first time, the endless toys and treats, the sofa he slept on every afternoon in my radio studio while I did the morning show and GTWM (Good Times With Mo).
“Most of all, I’d like to believe he didn’t suffer. But I’d be wrong. He suffered. In this immense heat, stuck in a truck at 104 degrees outside. I know he ended his life like a person on fire.
“The last photo in this post is his body, dumped from a truck in an open lot far away from home. I feel like I failed him and I’m in terrible pain thinking I did.
“You all can remember his life.
“I’m going to remember how he was taken and I will have my day.”
In another post, Mo shared a local TV news report about Bamboo's theft and death. He thanked the news station and the local community for supporting him and his family during this traumatic episode.
Mo wrote, “While we continue to deal with our loss, I do think it’s only right to tell you all how much we appreciate the level of support we have received from you all. People who know us and people who don’t.
“I’d like to thank 8 News Now and others for featuring our story today in our continuing attempt to fight this.
“A million thank yous to the online community. We would have never recovered Bamboo if not for the Facebook/Instagram followers that messaged us that his body [was] found in Aliante, LV where the kidnapper resides.
“Thank you to our neighbors for the surveillance footage and for being out there on the street with us coming together for our neighborhood.
“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective assigned to our case from the Animal Cruelty Division promised us his very best effort.
“The owner of the company, Gonzalez Flooring, also owns the truck Bamboo was last seen in. He was the guy that said he let Bamboo go in the streets near our home after admitting to police he stole Bamboo.
“I’ve heard people have called the business looking for answers and they changed their number today. I wouldn’t be surprised if they change their company name in an attempt to continue business.
“The co-owner is a nurse at @thevalleyhealthsystem. A nurse who is supposed to take care of life yet she’s married to the suspect and she was the contact person for the flooring company.
“You guys are battling for Bamboo and we can’t thank you enough.
“Run Free Bamboo, the killers will not be as fortunate.”
The 10-year-old Bamboo shared a very close relationship with Mo and his family, as seen in various posts over the years featuring the canine.
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