From New York to Los Angeles, via Miami and Chicago, thefts (sometimes violent) targeting French bulldogs are increasing in the land of Uncle Sam.
The two thugs who brutally pointed a gun at Marieke Bayens, a 27-year-old Californian, wanted neither her purse nor her life: they wanted Merlyn, the little dog she was keeping on a leash, because he’s a french bulldog. From New York to Los Angeles, from Miami to Chicago, flights targeting this canine breed are increasing in the United States. Small, so easy to grab and carry, a French Bulldog sells for thousands of dollars on the black market. Normal, it is the dog of the stars.
The most famous victim is Lady Gaga. Last year, armed men kidnapped two of his “French bulldogs”, Koji and Gustav, not hesitating to open fire, injuring the employee in charge of walking them. The singer offered a reward of 500,000 dollars and finally recovered her two companions. Marieke Bayens experienced a similar trauma in Oakland, while walking Merlyn, given to her by a friend. The assault occurred in the middle of the street on November 26 at 6 p.m.
“He said to me, ‘Give me the dog!’
“I was waiting for Merlyn to finish defecating when I saw two people approaching. At first I was not suspicious because they had a mask like everyone else, but I noticed that they were wearing gray gloves, I found that weird, ”says the young woman. “In an instant one planted himself in front of me, pointing his gun in my face. He called out to me: “Give me the dog!” she continued. “The other had already grabbed Merlyn from the ground and, when I did not respond to whoever was holding the weapon, he snatched the leash from my hands. They ran to their car and fled into a contraflow street.
Elsewhere in the country, the police observe a same cold determination among the thieves of “Frenchies”. Last year, Sarah Vorhaus had moved the inhabitants of San Francisco by testifying to the swollen face: the young thirty-year-old had recounted the violent armed attack she had suffered from three men, one of whom had brutally beaten her before taking Chloe, her 5-month-old bulldog puppy.
3500 to 5000 dollars on average
Why are French Bulldogs targeted by criminals? First because of their purchase price — 3,500 to 5,000 dollars on average, or even more — and then because they are difficult to obtain, comments Brandi Hunter Munden, vice-president of the American Kennel Club. “It’s a breed that doesn’t have large litters and getting one can take time,” says this specialist. “The fact that they are more and more popular explains the increase in the number of thefts. But the use of violence is a new and disturbing phenomenon.”
Faced with the wave of “dognapping”, the experts hammer instructions to protect his precious doggie: put him a microchip, never leave him unattended, keep his identity papers in a safe place, condemn the cat flaps of his door to go out, equip it with a GPS collar, beware of strangers coming to your home…
But the most crucial recommendation – and probably the least followed – concerns social networks: avoid at all costs posting easily geolocable photos or videos of your pooch there.
Source From: Google News