Pet thefts are on the rise. And French Bulldogs are one of the most desired breeds right now since they’re worth thousands of dollars. Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs were just some of the many dogs who fell victim to robbery.
Now, another French Bulldog has been taken at gunpoint, and he was only 10 months old. His human was trying to find him a better home when someone stole the innocent pup. After days of unsuccessful searching, the gray puppy was found safe and sound.
A Dog Re-Homing Gone Wrong
The victim had planned on selling their 10-month-old French Bulldog in California. After posting the dog for sale on social media, they got a quick response. The victim agreed to meet the buyer at a specific location, but this person had no intentions of paying for the puppy and giving him a good home.
During their meeting, the victim placed the dog in the trunk of their car so the buyer could get a better look. Then, out of nowhere, the buyer pulled out a handgun, grabbed the dog, and made a getaway on foot. Even though the victim had been trying to find a new home for their dog, they were still heartbroken. They hadn’t wanted to put the pup in any danger.
The Culver City Police Department immediately began searching for the suspect. They located them a few days after the incident. The suspect was seen exiting a residence while holding the puppy in their arms. They got into a vehicle and drove off, not stopping when the police followed. The suspect then collided with another vehicle and attempted to keep running on foot, but was taken into custody shortly after.
How Can You Keep Your Dog Safe?
Unfortunately, French Bulldog thefts are common in California. After all, they’ve been listed as the most popular dog breed in Los Angeles for several years in a row, according to the American Kennel Club. But any dog can be stolen, which is why dog parents need to be extra cautious.
Here are some tips to make sure your dog stays safe:
- Don’t leave your dog unattended outside.
- Pay attention to your surroundings while walking your dog.
- Go for walks with other people if you can.
- Don’t post your location publicly on social media.
- Keep your dog’s identification tag and microchip up-to-date.
And if you’re looking to get a new dog or re-home your dog, it’s important to be cautious then too. Online postings are a common way for pets to get purchased for abuse and it’s an easy way for inhumane breeders to sell their dogs. So, whether you’re re-homing a dog or adopting a new one, it’s much safer to go to a shelter or rescue.
Thankfully, this French Bulldog is safe now. But not every stolen dog is that lucky. We need to keep our pets as safe and secure as possible and encourage others to do the same. It’s the best way to prevent pet thefts from occurring.
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