In West Hollywood, a man and his dog were victims of a terrifying incident when the dog was stolen at gunpoint by thieves. The man’s girlfriend desperately wants their beloved one-year-old English Bulldog back, and the search for the culprits is now underway.
KTLA’s Sara Welch is reporting live from West Hollywood with more details on the situation. This incident highlights the importance of knowing what every dog owner needs to be aware of.
The owner of the stolen dog is hoping that surveillance cameras in the neighborhood will aid in locating the dog’s whereabouts. During the distressing incident, the man had to make a heartbreaking choice. He shared that it was incredibly difficult to make that decision, even though the pet in question was his own.
It is deeply saddening for him to know that his beloved companion has gone missing and was stolen at gunpoint. Both he and his girlfriend jumped out of their vehicle when the thieves pulled out a gun and demanded that they hand over their dog.
The masked thieves forcefully took the dog from the man. The stolen dog, known as Garcia, was being walked by his owner just before midnight in West Hollywood.
The thieves fled in a black Compass or Jeep Grand Cherokee with tinted windows. This incident is another instance of a rising trend of pet theft in the Los Angeles area. The owner of the stolen dog was shocked to hear about what happened to Lady Gaga’s dog. In response to the increase in pet thefts, a retired cop runs a dog bodyguard service called Lesion Shield, where they offer armed dog and pet sitting services to concerned pet owners who don’t want to become victims.
They emphasize the importance of situational awareness for the average person worried about their dogs being stolen. Charles Jasper, the director of protective intelligence for Each Security, also advises his neighbors to be more aware of their surroundings and not be distracted by their phones. The owner of the stolen dog, Garcia, shares that he has experienced someone attempting to steal his dogs before while walking them. He believes that the thieves had scoped out his neighborhood and targeted dogs like his.
Garcia is still shaken by the incident and expresses his sadness that his neighbors are going through this ordeal as well. He fears that this could happen again and hopes for a breakthrough in the case to find his dog, Capone. Garcia emphasizes that Capone is more than just a pet; he is a part of their family and is Garcia’s emotional support animal. Capone also requires daily medication for his medical issues. If someone were to return the dog to a shelter, there would be no questions asked.
Any useful information that can help locate Capone will be rewarded..