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    West Hollywood Resident Reunites with English Bulldog, Capone, Following Gunpoint Theft

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    West Hollywood resident Justin Garcia, has been reunited with his English Bulldog, Capone, after his pet companion was stolen from him at gunpoint while he was walking him on Olive Street on November 7. He was reunited with his dog on November 27.

    Garcia tells WEHO TIMES that he received a call when he was returning home from the Thanksgiving holiday. He said he did not want to get his hopes up, but that he was excited. “We were able to get him back safely,” he said. “Now we are just focusing on his full recovery. He’s in rough shape right now. He’s malnourished. He was dirty and not mentally all there. He’s having a hard time being outside of the apartment in general. He’s also been sleeping a lot more.”

    Photo courtesy of Suzanne Stevens

    He says he’s not able to comment on the details of his return or whether anyone has been arrested for the theft. Right now, he is just relieved that his one-year-and-11-month-old tricolor English bulldog is home safe. “It was really hard because we were getting multiple information. We didn’t know if he was roaming the streets by himself or if someone was holding. Now there is peace of mind at least.”

    Garcia said the reunion was somewhat bitter sweet, “It was really sad at first, because my Capone didn’t recognize me for the first five minutes,” he said. “He was out of it, but he eventually recognized me after he was able to smell me. He’s very skinny and he’s a dog of a certain size. He’s supposed to be chubby and to not see him that way really hurts me.”

    Garcia was walking Capone on November 7, when 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 thieves 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 Remarkably, only an outdated security badge was taken.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.

    With the theft behind him, Garcia says he’s grateful to the community who put the word out and for all of their support, “I really want to thank the community for everything they’ve done for us,” he said. “It really was a relief knowing he wouldn’t make it far, because everyone put the word out. Even though it took three whole weeks, I’m so appreciative of everyone in our community because we now have our blessing back.”

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    hifi5000
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    7 months ago

    After reading about this abduction of the English bulldog in November,I am beginning to think the thieves got their dogs mixed up.Currently,French bulldogs are very popular and are in big demand. There have been many instances of violence when thieves demand or take French bulldogs. It was dark when this dog was taken and the thieves had to make a quick move without looking more closely.They saw the dog and thought it was something they want and could sell.Imagine their surprise when the dog was bought into the light and it wasn’t what they thought it was. Thank goodness the… Read more »

    AZC
    AZC
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    7 months ago

    West Hollywood is ridiculously dangerous these days. I work (do not live) in Weho and caution tourists not to wear any kind of jewelry/watches outside after dark. Weho Sheriffs are a complete joke. Sorry :(

    angry gay pope
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    7 months ago

    I don’t know which one is more a mess, the thief of an ugly dog like that or the owner of it. What kind of person deliberately buys an inbred dog with bad legs that can barely breath through the nose god gave it? A lonely person that is who.

    AZC
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    7 months ago

    That’s just rude. That dog is loved & calling out a person for being lonely is rude as well

    James Westby
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    7 months ago

    This is great news! Everyone in the surrounding neighborhood knows Capone and we are very excited to hear this news.

    AZC
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    Reply to  James Westby
    7 months ago

    Happy for Capone and his guardian! Good news! :))

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