Frenchie Thefts Caught on Film

French Bulldog theft in England

French Bulldog theft caught on security camera

Two seperate but eqaully brazen French Bulldog thefts have been caught on film recently.

In North East England, a Durham family’s French Bulldog was stolen from their gated backyard by thieves dressed in hats and dark clothing. The theft, which was caught on their home security system, appeared to be planned in advance by thieves who were familiar with the property.

Video footage of the theft, along with the article, appears here –

There’s also a Facebook group for anyone who might be able to help, or who simply wants to send a mesasge of support.

As someone who has suffered the theft of a dog from within their own home, I can fully relate to how horrific an event this is. You’re left feeling violated and off balance – worried about your missing dog, worried the thieves might return for the rest of your pets. There’s simply no rest and no peace until you know where your dog is. My heart goes out to the McGough/McManus families.

In a different kind of theft, Virginia police are looking for a man who did a  ‘snatch and grab’ theft of a pet store puppy from a Virginia Beach pet store. The man had asked to see the puppy, and while an employee was momentarily distracted, the suspect simply walked out of the store, puppy tucked inside his coat. This theft was also caught on security tape.

The store owner says he’s worried about the puppy because it ‘needs shots and veterinary care’. From the look of the puppy I saw on the screen, I hope the theif has a good supply of high test de wormer on hand.

Read more about the theft here, and watch the video.

I can’t give many tips about preventing pet store thefts, but here’s a few things I’ve learned about keeping your dogs safe at home. While some of them may sound like over kill, there’s no such thing as too much preparation if it can keep your dogs safe.

  1. ALWAYS microchip your dogs. Not only will chips help to bring your dogs home, but in a court case, a microchip number will be an instant identifier that will prove possesion. In our case, because I had the chip number and the chip was registered to me, I didn’t have to do anything else for the police to believe that Ruby was my dog.
  2. Downplay your dog’s value.  When workmen or other random visitors ask about my dog, I denigrate their worth. They aren’t show dogs – they’re all rescues. Altered rescues, with health problems (the expensive kinds of health problems).  I never, ever mention showing or breeding, and I have no signage on my property that indicates it, either.
  3. Hide your dogs from casual street view. Use fencing or hedges, and try to block the view onto your property from casual passersby. People who see a yard full of expensive looking purebreds can get ideas – and having a clear view of your property can allow them to plan out their actions in advance. We use wooden palisade fencing to block the portion of our dog yard that’s visible from the road. If you have a property like the one shown in the photo above, use protective meshing or screening across your gates, to block the view from the street.
  4. Keep gates locked. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass to have to go an unlock your gates just so you can drive your car on to your property, but this minor deterrant can make the difference between a theft and thief who changes his mind. Ditto locked yard gates – I know of two dogs who were stolen from their side yards, by thieves who simply called them to the gate, opened it, and picked the dog up. Padlock the gate, and remove the dreaded ‘crime of opportunity’.
  5. Consider getting a big, protective dog. In our case, the only thing that stopped the thieves from taking more of our dogs than just Ruby was our Mastiff, who had access to the entire property. Murfee sounded the alarm, and likely scared the beejesus out of the thief  when he realized that she wasn’t locked up for the night. A big, mean looking, scary sounding dog can sometimes be all that you need to give a thief a second thought about lifting one of your dogs. Plus, Frenchies enjoy having large dogs to nap on – they regard them as sort of mobile love seats that snore.

If you have more tips, please feel free to share them. I’d like to be able to stop reading articles about stolen Frenchies – it’s becoming quite the epidemic!

More on the Stolen Chicago French Bulldog

More details from Beth, owner of the Delilah Blue, the French Bulldog who was stolen from inside a Chicagoland residence. Please, please – tweet this, email this and send it on to as many groups as you know of. We need help in getting Delilah Blue back, and we need to make sure that no more dogs go missing.

If you live in or near Chicago and want to help, you can download the flyer with her information here. Please paste it up in as many places as possible – vet clinics, groomers and pet supply stores are especially helpful.

Yesterday, my little French Bulldog puppy, 4 months old, was stolen from my home. I know who took her by what he looks like, but can’t confirm a name, I’m sure he gave me a fake name. I was walking my puppy, Delilah Blue, home from the park – we went to enjoy the good weather before this storm hit last night.

On the way home from the park, we encountered “Alexa”, a friendly-type “neighbor” who commented how cute Delilah was, and that he had 4 puppies of his own, about 3 months old, available for sale. He named the breed properly and mentioned the colors of the dogs as cream and black. If he said “white” I would have thought about that, since in the Frenchie community, the proper name is “cream”. Anyway, we walked and chatted, and he told me that he only lived a few blocks from the park. I said I wanted to see the puppies and wanted to take mine home first. While we walked, he “received” (although I didn’t hear the phone ring, thought it might be on vibrate or something) a few phone calls for his “puppies for sale”. He went through one or two conversations with people who were calling to come see one of the puppies.

When we got to my house, I went inside, leaving him outside, and put the dog away (took off her leash and sweater), and grabbed my driver’s license and wallet, and got ready to drive him to his house nearby to see the puppies. As I was leaving, he asked me if he could use the restroom. I figured it was OK (What An Idiot) and let him in, watching him walk down the hall and saw him coming back out. Before he left, he leaned over to pet my puppy goodbye, who was sitting by the sliding glass door, and must have unlocked the door. Then we left and I locked the house doors, leaving my purse and everything else inside, “safely locked up”.

We then drove 1 and a half blocks from my house, and he went down some stairs, I didn’t actually see him go inside a residence. A few minutes later, I got a call on my cellphone, from “Alexa”, asking me if I had some towels in the car, and that he was just going to be a few more minutes getting the puppies together. At that point, I called my upstairs neighbor to go check on the dog, something just felt really wrong… my neighbor ran down to my apartment (we all have eachother’s keys in case of emergencies and he dog-sits for me too)… Emanual told me that the dog was NOT in my house. It had only been a few minutes since I got that cell phone call from “Alexa”. I sped back to my house to find my dog stolen, the sliding glass doors had been opened.

“Alexa” told me he was gay, that he performed at “The Baton” and also that he worked in the stock room at Best Buy Ford City. He has shaved eyebrows, his ears are pierced above the lobes, he has men’s names tattoo’d on both sides of his neck, a tattoo of the name “Alexii” or “Alexa” on his arm, his pinkee finger has a bad gash in it, and some small dreads tied with blue and white beads that hung out the back of his black knit cap, which he wears to cover his “non-eyebrows”. Hispanic/Puerto Rican, about 5’6″ or 5’7″, chatty, effeminate (maybe to make “girls at ease”), white cell phone, jeans with a “Tiger” embroidered on the back pockets, black jacket.

Now here’s what I have done so far:

1. Filed a police report. 2 officers came and got my information. They told me to calm down and that I had to act smart. They sent out a fingerprint expert but he found nothing on the sliding glass doors.

2. Traced the cell phone number on the internet under “People Lookup By Phone Number”, since he JUST called me.
3. Went to the 1st address on the list last night just hours after the dog was stolen, and called the police station in the area, who sent out a squad car. Two officers went to the house listed (on 105th S. Ewing) and a couple said that Favian had moved out a long time ago, but they knew his father. The police talked to “his father” on the cellphone and the description of this “Favian” did not match the description of the man I described above.

4. I called my police station this morning to let them know that I had the cellphone number, they said they didn’t trace numbers… then I asked if a detective had been assigned to my case and was told that a detective would be assigned tomorrow or Wednesday and that they’d call me.

5. I remembered that this guy mentioned “the Baton” and called there to see if they could recognize the description of maybe a “regular” customer, or maybe an amateur impersonator or something, and when I finally got to talk to someone who might recognize patrons, etc. “Jim” asked me “Is this the lady I talked to last week?” and I said NO but tell me what happened and why another lady was calling about a dog napper? He gave me the person’s number and I called over there immediately.

6. There was another dog stolen from a pet store on Feb. 13th – the person who stole her matches the description of “my” guy EXACTLY – tattoos on his neck, shaved eyebrows, little braids in back, hispanic about 5’6/5’7 etc… talked about his mama, about getting puppies, etc. Also mentioned The Baton, that he worked there to both of us. He apparently went into the pet store and looked at the puppies, asked for a drink of water, and when their back was turned to get him some water, snatched the puppy and ran out of the store to a waiting car.

7. I am trying to hire a private investigator to trace the phone number and get a current billing address or name attached to the phone. it might be a clone or drop phone, but I don’t know yet.

I believe that there is a dog-snatching ring in play in Chicago, and that they stole from a store and a private residence. They are taking “high end” dogs and probably selling them privately or through the internet… The police wont’ tell me if there’s any other cases of dog-snatching, I want to find out where those crimes were committed, if this is the same guy, or find out where to FIND my PUPPY!!!

Beth’s Stolen Puppy:
Delilah Blue Petoulah LeDeux Gottlieb (Can just call her Delilah)
4 mo. old Black Brindle French Bulldog, with White Snipe on Chest
From: 21st & Oakley
Sunday, Feb. 21st @ 3pm
Police Report RD#HS 175012
No detective assigned yet
Area 4: 312.746-8253

Stolen From “Let’s Pet” Store
Boxer Puppy: 8 weeks old, solid white with spot on one eye
Saturday, Feb. 13th @ Time?
From: 3404 N. Ashland
Police Report RD#HS162073
Detective Moscalino assigned, not in today
Area 3 (312.744-8263)
CONTACT (DOG OWNER): Pete (312.533-5668) or Susan: 773.327-2050

Please feel free to call me if I can provide you with any more information or to let me know you can HELP ME!!!

Thank you,

Missing French Bulldogs Near Chandler, Oklahoma

Our friend Pat Pearce, one of the writers for our Ask the Experts column, has suffered a horrible tragedy. Two of her French Bulldogs have escaped from her fenced yard near Chandler, Oklahoma.

If you’re in the area, please be on the look out, and please consider cross posting this notice.

Here’s Pat’s email, and at the end you’ll find a link to a downloadable PDF file that can be handed out at vet clinics or posted in other areas where they might be seen.

I need help finding my pups…  I have this written up… and have attached photos and a flyer that I am asking folks to get to their local vets and shelters.. and of course permissing is given to cross post far and wide..  and can you post it on your site”

Two of my dogs escaped from my fenced yard and are lost. I live outside Chandler, OK.  I have done all the things – flyers everywhere, talked to all the neighbors, the mail man, the police, ads in the local paper, etc…all with NO results.  They have not been seen since a very short time after they escaped.  I fear that someone has picked them up.

They are Robin, 18 month old brindle girl and Hunter, 14 month honey pied male, both are micro chipped…  I can be reached at my cell phone 405-650-4051 or by email at   One has a condition and needs constant medication…


Hunter - Missing From Chandler, OK

Robin - Missing From Chandler, OK

Vet Flyer – PDF