SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – When it comes to dog theft in the Bay Area, French Bulldogs seem to be an increasingly popular target.
In the past few months, KRON4 has reported that this particular breed has been stolen.
In one case last month, a San Francisco woman was robbed at gunpoint for her Frenchie.
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On Thursday, pop star Lady Gaga is offering a $ 500,000 reward after her French Bulldogs were forcibly stolen.
First off, these dogs are very popular in the Bay Area. French bulldogs were the fifth most popular dog in San Francisco, according to a recent survey by pet company Rover.com.
These dogs are also in high demand and can be expensive, and it seems that thieves get this and are trying to make quick money reselling these stolen dogs.
Adorable French Bulldogs have become a hot ticket route for thieves in the Bay Area.
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Since last summer there have been several cases, sometimes violent, of the dogs being stolen.
“It is shocking that this is happening and it has been happening more and more recently,” said Dmitry Perkin.
Dmitry Perkin and Kateryna Zabashta are French bulldog breeders and co-owners of Emma’s Frenchies in Brentwood.
They say other French are small and meek, which makes it easy for thieves to get caught. The breed is in great demand.
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“Frenchies look really cool and have that aura that makes you more of a celebrity. So this is done so you can get attention and get bad attention as a celebrity,” Perkin said.
These dogs can make big bucks too, one with a price tag between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000 or a combination of lilac and tan that can start at $ 8,000.
The most popular choice for Emma’s Frenchies customers was the blue nose.
“There is one particular look of the dog that is very different from your average Frenchie, and if you have a blue Frenchie you’re a pretty good target,” Perkin said.
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One of those unfortunate targets in the Bay Area was Chloe, a blue nose stolen at gunpoint in San Francisco’s Russian Hill.
Sarah Vorhaus told KRON4 that she was walking Chloe on the night of January 5th when several men attacked her and took off with the dog.
In another case last summer, a burglar broke into a town house and stole a pair of 10-week-old puppies.
That same month, a Berkeley thief started a car with this 5 month old Frenchie in the back seat. The car was later found, but the dog was gone.
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Not even celebrities are immune to Frenchie theft.
Pop star Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and killed Wednesday night in Los Angeles and her two dogs were stolen, prompting the singer to offer a $ 500,000 reward for her return.
Breeders say the Frenchie community can be pretty tight, but finding these stolen dogs can be tricky.
The best advice for owners is to be aware of their surroundings when out with their dog.
“You’re the boss here. We are all human and we can and should be more careful, ”said Perkin.
There is now a $ 20,000 reward for Chloe that has still not been found more than a month later.
A campaign and website have been set up to bring them home.