Crime French Bulldog Taken at Gunpoint After Suspect Responded to Social Media Ad
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A French bulldog puppy has been stolen at gunpoint in California in the latest incident involving the valuable breed being targeted by criminals.
The owner had listed the 10-month-old dog for sale in an advertisement on social media and had gone to Canterbury Drive in Culver City for a meeting with a prospective buyer on Wednesday evening.
When the owner put the dog in the trunk of his vehicle for viewing, the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband, grabbed the animal and ran away, Culver City police said.
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Police said in a statement that officers responding to a disturbance at a motel on Thursday afternoon when they stopped Xavier Javern Cummings, who managed to get into their unlocked car as the officers were questioning him. Deputies at Cocoa Police Department were alerted that the 33-year-old suspect, who is a Cocoa resident, was entering Volusia County on 1-95, where an officer was able to force the car in the woods. Cummings quickly emerged from the wreckage and stole another Cocoa police car as responding officers left their vehicles to approach the crash.
The suspect has been described by police as a Black man aged around 25, 5 foot 10, with a thin build and wearing a blue sweater, grey pants and red shoes.
There has been a rise in the number of thefts of French bulldogs, a breed that was named Los Angeles' most popular dog in 2021, FOX LA reported.
In February, pop star, was shot and two of her French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen in Los Angeles. The animals were found safe and brought back to the police. In April, three people were charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of Fischer, who survived the attack.
are among the breeds that are most targeted by thieves. Part of their value stems from the special breeding process required, which involves artificial insemination and a caesarean birth. As such, they can retail for between $1,500 and $8,000, although
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In another incident in the region, a French bulldog was snatched in Redondo Beach in March by a couple who sped off in a Mercedes-Benz. The animal was recovered unharmed and the pair were arrested,11 reported.
Also in March, another of the animals was stolen at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Target store in North Hollywood, although it was later returned.
Madeline Bernstein, president of the spcaLA has urged owners of the pets to be especially aware of their surroundings and notice unknown people around the dog when taking them for a walk.
They should also microchip the animals and register the most current information with a file of images and veterinary records should they be stolen.
"It's a shame that people and animals must suffer like this," she told7, "But when the demand drops, so will the interest in being a supplier." Newsweek has contacted spcaLA and Culver City Police for comment.
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