Two English bulldog puppies were forcibly stolen from their owners after they were offered for sale on Craigslist (Pictures: Facebook)
A pair of English bulldog puppies were forcibly snatched from their owners after they were offered for sale on Craigslist. Osvaldo Vasquez and his wife listed the pedigree pups for sale on the website last week, with a woman contacting them to say she wished to buy them.
That woman showed up at the Vasquez’s home in North Hollywood, California, on February 12 – but brought two men with her. The two men tried to steal the puppies, and struggled with their owners, before managing to break free and run off with the dogs.
They fled the scene in a gray Dodge Charger. Osvaldo and his wife managed to grab hold of the woman, and detain her until police arrived. She was arrested, but the hunt for the two men and missing English bulldog puppies continues.
Osvaldo told ABC7: ‘We’re very sad now. We’re trying to show other people, to help us find our puppies.’ English bulldog puppies cost between $1,500 and $4,000 to buy from a breeder, and are notoriously expensive to care for, because of their genetic predisposition to poor health.
The two suspected dog thieves were caught on camera. A woman who accompanied them was detained by the puppies’ owners, and later arrested by police (Picture: Facebook)
Animal rights campaigners say Craigslist is exploited by abusers who buy or adopt pets to torture, or use as bait for fighting dogs.
They have also warned animal lovers off the site, saying it is impossible to know whether pets offered for sale are healthy and from a reputable breeder.
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