Armed robbers are reportedly targeting French bulldog owners in the United States, particularly in California, The New York Times reported Thursday.
According to The New York Times. The outlet described the breed as the second most popular in the United States behind Labrador retrievers.
In the article, the outlet highlighted the stories of Rita Warda and Cristina Rodriguez, two California residents whose French bulldogs were allegedly stolen at gunpoint.
Warda’s dog, Dezzie, was allegedly taken away when an SUV pulled up not far from her Oakland residence and passengers demanded she hand the dog over to them after he pounced on her. They also had a visible gun, Warda said, according to The New York Times. Warda was reunited with her dog three days later after receiving a call that the animal had been found wandering around a local high school, the outlet said. Warda thought the dog’s age may have been the reason her alleged captors let her go and said she was taking self-defense classes following the incident, the outlet reported.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez’s French bulldog Moolan was stolen after thieves allegedly followed her home from her job at a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles and put a gun to her head, according to the New York Times. CCTV footage from Rodriguez’s neighborhood and near her workplace would have surprised thieves following her, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Lady Gaga’s dog walker speaks out after shooting left him hospitalized)
Juvenile French Bulldogs typically sell for $4,000 to $6,000 or more, The New York Times reported. The dogs are usually conceived through artificial insemination and delivered by C-section due to characteristics such as large heads and short muscular bodies, according to the outlet. The dogs are said to be popular with social media influencers, singers and professional athletes.
Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were stolen in 2021 after her dog walker was shot dead. Three men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder, second degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for their alleged involvement in the crime.
French bulldogs are one of the shortest-lived breeds, The New York Times reported.