Luca, the Stolen French Bulldog that was viciously snatched from his owner, Robert Marinelli earlier this week, has returned home. There are no details yet on the nature of his return, if arrests were made, or if Marinelli had to pay the $10,000 reward money offered for Luca’s safe return.
It was the stuff of nightmares for every dog owner when a sickly French Bulldog was viciously stolen near the West Hollywood boundary on Shoreham and Wetherly drives, just up the street from Sunset Boulevard. Video posted by ABC-TV Channel 7 shows Marinelli being dragged by the side of a car and flung to the curb where he rolls several times on the pavement. Luckily, he was able to stand and could be seen limping away in pain. The incident happened on December 28, at 7:30 a.m.
Marinelli told the Los Angeles Times that he sensed danger when a man approached him early Tuesday while he was walking his dog Luca, near West Hollywood.
Marinelli tried to grab Luca and make a run for it, but he says he was struck or pushed and Luca was snatched from his arms. The assailant jumped into the passenger side of a waiting black sedan. Marinelli believes his jacket got snagged when the thief slammed the door which is why he was dragged about 200 yards leaving him on the ground with half of his body covered in scratches. His phone was broken and his dog is gone. Authorities say he is lucky to be alive.
LA Times reports that a stolen French Bulldog is often sold quickly in plain view in places such as Hollywood Boulevard, Melrose Avenue and the Venice Beach boardwalk, according to Tim Talman, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division.
The $10,000 reward bill posted on social media states that Luca Merinelli Carroll is an 8-year-old French Bulldog fawn with black mask. He is missing one toe. He is microchipped & neutered and needs his medication.
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