Rita Warda was taking little Dezzie for a walk in California on Friday night when a man with a gun rushed out from behind her and grabbed the six-year-old French bulldog
A terrified woman has had her dog stolen at gunpoint during her usual evening stroll – and is now offering cash to anyone who can help reunite her with the poor pooch.
Heartbroken Rita Warda fears she will never see beloved French bulldog Dezzie again but hopes a reward will help her return.
Little Dezzie was snatched from Rita by a man who ran behind her and began “stomping” before making off with the dog just before 8pm on Friday.
Rita, from Oakland, California, said: “I was walking my dog around the neighborhood when I got home from work and I just wanted to make sure he was outside for a bit.
“This guy ran up behind me and started stomping and he had a gun in his hand and he took it and he ran away in his car.”
Oakland Police Department confirmed they have opened an investigation into an armed robbery of a pet near Park View Terrace and Montecito Ave by a gunman who fled in a vehicle.
Warda has had six-year-old Dezzie since he was a puppy and says she’s not the only one concerned about his well-being.
She told KPIX 5: “His family, his extended family, he’s loved by so many people, he’s loved in the neighborhood.
“If you don’t have him I don’t care, he needs to be home with his family and you can get something better if you want.”
Dezzie is the second French bulldog in as many weeks to have his owner mugged in the San Francisco area.
The first stolen pooch was found two days later when someone who innocently bought it from the thief called the police after spotting it on the news.
Rita said: “I heard about it and I was nervous and it was a fear of me.
“I never understood it until I got it [a dog] but the thieves think it’s like stealing a purse, it’s not like that at all.”
Kathy Jackson of the NorCal French Bulldog Rescue said: “I’m ashamed. It’s terrible. I don’t even know what to say.”
Over the past 20 years of working with the short and chunky breed, Kathy has seen her popularity skyrocket.
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But their medical problems, which they say can cost them over £1,000 a year, mean they have a lot of responsibilities.
Kathy said: “They’re in commercials now. They are in TV shows, movies. People look at them and think they are cute, they have great personalities.
Rita added, “I just want him back, we want him back.”