Thieves snatch French Bulldog as owner charges car in San Jose
San Jose, California – Another Bay Area pet owner is hoping that police and possibly some advice from the public can help him locate his stolen pup.
“It’s just shocking to me that this is happening in broad daylight, in front of everyone,” said banker and San Jose resident Quinnesha Powell.
Powell said her newly purchased French Bulldog puppy named Dolce was ripped from her SUV.
“When you want to be comfortable living your life, the unexpected happens. So it’s shocking and amazing at the same time,” Powell said.
Powell said the crime happened around 7 p.m. Saturdays in the Target parking lot at 95 Holger Way.
She said she had exited the store and was loading the dog and her Target purchases into her SUV when two masked men arrived.
Powell said he pulled up in a dark-colored Nissan and grabbed the pup, then drove off.
She tried to stop the dognapping.
“I jumped in their car, fought him to try and get my dog back, and they drove off with me in the car,” Powell said. “I was in (the car), I was getting out of it. And he’s actually fighting me to get me out of the car.
Powell lost the fight and the dog fell from the moving vehicle a few feet into the fight.
She said she told a nearby San Jose police officer stationed here due to a spate of car break-ins. The police chiefs will only confirm that they have taken a statement.
This case is like many others, including Lady Gaga’s.
In May 2021, his dog walker was shot dead when thieves stole his two French bulldogs.
Target officials said they have contacted police detectives in this current case and are providing surveillance video from the store.
In a statement to KTVU, PETA representatives said, “Our dogs rely on us to protect them, so PETA urges everyone to stay vigilant. Keep dogs on leashes and in harnesses at all times and never leave them alone in a car or tied up outside. …because it only takes a second for a dognapper to strike.”
For his part, Powell is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of his new target of affection.
“I would say just give the dog back. And I don’t care what happens to you. Get your reward, because you’re looking for financial gain anyway, aren’t you?” she said. declared.
Powell says no questions will be asked for Dolce’s safe return. Contact her by email, [email protected] or Instagram, @Dolce_Walker
Jesse Gary is a reporter based in the station’s South Bay bureau. Follow him on Twitter @JesseKTVU or Instagram @jessegontv