French Bulldog stolen at Gunpoint leaves owner heartbroken – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Pain and heartbreak are etched into Rita Warda’s face. She was taking her beloved French bulldog for an evening walk in Oakland’s neighborhood near Lake Merritt when a man with a gun approached and now ‘Dezzie’ was gone.

A reward was offered for her dog’s return on Friday, and Warda is still devastated.

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“I just walked the dog in the neighborhood,” Warda said, tears streaming down her cheeks. “I come home from work and I just want to make sure he gets out for a bit. This guy ran up from behind from behind me and he started stomping on the spot and he had a gun in his hand and he took him and he ran off in his car. ”

Warda is taking Dezzie for a walk near Park View Terrace and Montecito Ave. in Oakland just before 8 p.m. The dog is six years old and Ward has had him since he was a puppy.

“His family, his extended family, he was loved by so many people, he was loved in the neighborhood,” she told KPIX 5 on Friday. “If you don’t have him, I don’t care, he needs to be at home with his family and you can get something better if you want.”

Oakland police confirmed they were investigating an armed robbery of a pet in the area and that the gunman had left the area in a vehicle.

Warda talks about recent crimes involving French mastiffs. “I never understood until I had [a dog] but thieves think it’s like stealing a wallet, it’s not like that at all.”

This incident comes two weeks after a French mastiff was brutally robbed by its owner in San Francisco’s Marina District on New Year’s Day. Two days later, the dog was found in Sacramento after a person who bought the dog called the police after seeing the report on television.

No arrests were made in that case, although the suspect vehicle was found in San Pablo driven by a man identified as not a robbery suspect.

“I am very distressed. It was horrible,” said Kathy Jackson of French Bulldog Rescue NorCal. “I don’t even know what to say.”

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Jackson has worked with the breed for 20 years and has noticed a significant increase in public interest. While they are an attractive pet, especially as pups, Jackson says it’s important for people to understand this man-made breed comes with a lot of responsibilities. ‘

They have health problems throughout their lives and the family needs to prepare to spend $2,000 a year just to get the dog treated.

“In ads now. There on TV shows, movies,” she told KPIX 5 on Friday. “So people look at them and think they’re cute, they have great personalities.”

While the French mastiff market is already hot because of the breed’s popularity, Jackson said some dogs may have unique colors that only drive up prices.

She knows several French mastiffs that have been sold for several thousand dollars. In these cases, people are crossing father and daughter, and inbreeding is producing rare coat colors in their coats.

Jackson warns that those specific dogs won’t meet the American Kennel Club’s standards for French bulldogs, and those potential pets will experience more health problems. She hopes people will be cautious when buying dogs by researching sellers. The rescue has a background check for anyone who chooses to adopt one of their dogs to make sure it finds the right home.

“One of the big things right now is that people are really interested in these crazy colors, which is a dilute hybrid,” she said.

Warda said her dog has been disabled and is not one of those uncommon breeds, so she hopes Dezzie will be back home.

“I just want him back, we want him back,” she said.

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Any information on Dezzie is required to call Warda at 415-323-5278 or Oakland police at 510-238-3326. French Bulldog stolen at Gunpoint leaves owner heartbroken – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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