Widow of slain NYPD cop offers reward for family’s missing dog
The widow of NYPD cop Rafael Ramos — who was gunned down in cold blood alongside his partner, Wenjian Liu, in 2014 — needs the public’s help.
After her husband’s death, Maritza Ramos got their two sons a dog — born on the very same day “their daddy went to heaven,” she tells The Post.
The pup went missing last week, and Martiza is worried that someone may have picked her up and doesn’t know where to return her.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she said Thursday. “My kids are devastated.”
Maritza took to Facebook last week and posted a “missing” flyer for her beloved pooch, whom she dubbed “Heaven” on account of her birth date.
“Please help bring heaven home!” she wrote, offering an undisclosed reward.
The Ramos family believes Heaven — described as a Maltese/Yorkie mix — “wandered off” on July 12 while they were sitting outside their home in Brooklyn.
“We went inside and I called her to come in and we thought she came in,” Maritza said, noting how she closed the front door behind her.
“She had lost her collar and I was supposed to go get her a new one the day before, and I didn’t — so now she’s missing.”
The worried mother has been posting flyers “all over the neighborhood” in search for her four-legged best friend.
“I got her when she was 3 months old,” Maritza said. “She was my gift from God and my husband. He knew she would help us overcome this horrible time.“
Officer Ramos and Officer Liu were both murdered in December 2014 — just days before Christmas. They had been sitting inside their marked police car when a career criminal upset over the police-involved deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown ran up and shot them.
Describing why she got Heaven for her two kids after her husband’s death, Maritza said: “They lost their dad. I was thinking to get a dog to cheer them up, to give them something to look forward to.”
It wasn’t until after they got home and started looking through Heaven’s paperwork that they realized how special she really was.
“It made my heart stop for a minute,” Maritza said. “For me, it was a sign from God that he was sending us that to keep us comfort.”
Heaven will be 4 years old this December — on the four-year anniversary of Ramos’ death.
“She’s super loving,” Maritza said. “She sleeps with me every day. She’s like a baby.”
This is the second time that Heaven has gone missing since joining the Ramos family. Maritza told The Post that “someone actually stole her” from in front of their house last July.
“We saw the person on camera and then they wanted money to get her back,” she recalled.
Luckily, the family got her back a short while later without incident.
“July 12 of last year was the day [she was found],” Maritza said.
“My concern is that someone picked her up and has good intentions,” she explained, “but doesn’t know where to return her to.”
Anyone with information about Heaven or her whereabouts is asked to call (347)-743-9714.
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