French Bulldog puppy found after being robbed at gunpoint in Culver City
The puppy’s owner agreed to a meeting in the 6000 block of Canterbury Drive to complete the transaction around 7 p.m. Wednesday. When he placed the dog in his trunk to view it, the suspect pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his belt, grabbed the puppy in the trunk and fled on foot, police said.
On Saturday morning, Culver City Police said detectives saw the suspect leave a residence in the Fox Hills area of ââCulver City. The suspect, who was holding a gray French Bulldog, got into a nearby vehicle and drove away.
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Culver City Police officers attempted to arrest the suspect and a short chase ensued. The chase ended when the suspect collided with another vehicle near Bristol Parkway and Slauson Avenue.
Police said the suspect then fled on foot and a perimeter was set up in the area and the man was taken into custody around 2:45 p.m.
The French Bulldog was also found unharmed and returned to its owner.
Police have seen an increase in thefts of French Bulldogs, which have been at the top of the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds in Los Angeles for several years in a row.
Last month, three prominent gang members were charged with attempted murder in connection with the February 24 shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer and the theft of two of the singer’s French Bulldogs, while two more people – including a woman who claimed to have found the animals – were accused of being props after the fact.
Los Angeles Police detectives do not believe that Fischer was targeted because of the owner of the dogs, who was in Italy filming a movie, but suspect that the great value of the breed was known and was the motivation for the dog. flight.
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French Bulldog thefts have also been reported in recent weeks in North Hollywood and Redondo Beach.
The president of the spcaLA urged owners of French Bulldogs to microchip their pets, to record the most recent information, to keep a file of current photos and veterinary records in case they are stolen and to be aware of their environment or unfamiliar people during their daily absence. walks or in public.
“It’s a shame that people and animals have to suffer like this,” said Madeline Bernstein. “But when demand decreases, the interest in being a supplier will also decrease.”
City News Service contributed to this report.
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