The theft of twelve French bulldogs, worth more than $100,000, from a pet store in southern California has prompted police to launch an investigation.
The Top Dog Pet Store in Gardena, California, was the victim of a theft on November 21. According to shop owner Andres Avalos, the robbers sprinted up to the canine cages, seized them, and then threw them into their getaway vehicle. The robbers allegedly made off with $2,000 from the register as well.
The shop owners are more worried about the dogs’ well-being than the loss of money, so they’re offering a reward to anybody who can find the pets and the people responsible.
The most high-profile case of this kind of theft happened in February 2021 in Los Angeles when armed criminals abducted Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji, and shot and injured their dog walker. Two days later, the Grammy winner’s cherished pets were found, and the people responsible were apprehended and punished.
French bulldogs have topped the list of stolen dog breeds since September of last year, according to the American Kennel Club Reunite, a nonprofit group that uses microchips to trace lost pets. Yorkshire Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Siberian Huskies are among the other breeds included.
According to the authorities, the dognappings are driven by financial gain. French bulldogs may fetch a hefty penny, according to Lt. James Curry, the Fairfax County Police Department’s public relations commander.
A woman named Myah recounted how she felt abused when her French bulldog, Queen, was abducted. According to her, the beginning price for her dogs is $4,000, but she said that it has nothing to do with cost when it comes to her. Having a lovely home for her dog is her only desire.