An English Bulldog named Capone was forcibly taken at gunpoint from his owner in West Hollywood on Monday night. Owners are asking for leads to his safe return.
Justin Garcia was in the midst of taking Capone for a walk on Olive Drive at approximately 11:45 p.m. He told Annie Rose Ramos of KTLA 5, that a trio of thieves suddenly jumped out of a black four-door Jeep and brandished a firearm at him.
Garcia reported that the assailants, concealed by masks, issued a chilling ultimatum, demanding, “Give me your dog or you die.”
One of the thiefs seized Capone and placed the dog in the back of the Jeep, while another invaded Justin’s car, ransacking its contents and scattering his possessions. Remarkably, only an outdated security badge was taken. A bundle of cash the vehicle was untouched.
The culprits hastily made their escape, eluding Justin’s attempts to pursue them.
Both Justin and his girlfriend searched the neighborhood trying to locate their cherished pet, hoping the thieves might have abandoned Capone in the vicinity.
Capone, a one-year-and-ten-month-old tricolor English bulldog weighing approximately 50 pounds, is described by his owners as the epitome of friendliness and sweetness.
“I’m deeply worried; he’s not only just a part of our family and our life, but he’s my emotional support animal,” Justin told KTLA. “He’s everything I need when I have a hard day, and I come home; he’s there for me with unconditional love.”
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