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What’s up with French bulldogs?
It seems that these dogs are being stolen from their pet owners more often than in previous years.
The Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, NY, shared this report on Monday about seven stolen French bulldogs in the early hours of the morning.
“Suffolk County Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred in Shirley this weekend in which suspects stole 7 French bulldog puppies,” the department said in a tweet.
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“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS,” the police continued.
More information about this has also been released from the authorities.
“An unknown person or strangers broke into a detached building at approximately 3:15 a.m.,” LongIsland.com noted Monday, “and stole two six-month-old French bulldogs and five one-month-old French bulldog puppies.”
The owner, who was reportedly asleep, did not wake up during the break-in.
But that’s not the only case of stolen French bulldogs lately.
Last Thursday night, according to various reports, a three-month-old French bulldog puppy named Lucky was taken from his home in California’s San Gabriel Valley.
The perpetrators seized not only the dog, but also money, a firearm and a watch at the same time.
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In North Bergen, NJ, a French bulldog was stolen from a home on Monday, July 25, 2022, according to HudPost. Anyone with information about that case is asked to contact the Noord-Bergen police.
There are more stories in other cities like this one, unfortunately, as thieves apparently hope to make a quick buck by selling the expensive canines as soon as possible.
Last year, 210 pets were stolen in Los Angeles — the highest number since 245 went missing in 2017, according to Los Angeles Police Department records, which are publicly available, as Crosstown LA noted.
French bulldogs have become increasingly popular in recent years; the breed was the second most popular in the US in 2020, according to the American Kennel Club — and the top pick in New York City.
The French bulldog “is one of the world’s most popular small dog breeds, especially among city dwellers.”
The organization also notes on its website that “the unique French bulldog, with its large bat ears and even character, is one of the world’s most popular small dog breeds, especially among city dwellers.”
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It adds, “The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable and completely irresistible.”
“The French bulldog resembles a bulldog in miniature, except for the large, erect ‘bat ears’ which are the trademark of the breed.”
As many will recall, early last year the dog walker for Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs, Ryan Fischer, was shot at close range in LA and nearly died.
Two of the dogs were stolen and later returned.
Now, the US Marshals have announced that they are offering “a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who was one of three charged with attempted murder and robbery after the February 24, 2021 kidnapping attempt.” of Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs,” according to a recent press release from the organization.
James Howard Jackson, 19, was wrongfully released from custody “on April 6, 2022 due to a clerical error,” the US Marshals said in their message.
“Jackson allegedly shot dog walker Ryan Fischer with a .40-caliber handgun while walking the three dogs in Los Angeles.”
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“Fischer suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,” the US Marshals also said.
The press release also stated on July 18, 2022, “The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Major Crime Team has requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and arrest Jackson.”