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French bulldog stolen from California found in Pennsylvania amid rise in abductions

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  • A French bulldog stolen from California was recovered in Pennsylvania over the weekend.
  • There has been a recent uptick in French bulldog abductions.
  • French bulldogs can be sold for about $5,000 each.

A French bulldog stolen from California was recovered in Pennsylvania over the weekend. 

“When I heard he was in Philadelphia, it was unbelievable,” the dog’s owner, Rachel Avery, told ABC News. 

Avery was walking her French bulldog, Jag, in West Hollywood earlier this month when he slipped out of his collar and took off down the street. Surveillance video reportedly caught Jag running down the street when a man emerged from a black SUV, grabbed Jag, and drove away. 

Then, last week, Avery received a call from someone who said they had Jag, saying they didn’t steal him and would return him to Avery if she promised not to involve the police. 

Avery flew to Philadelphia over the weekend and reunited with Jag at the airport. She still doesn’t know how he ended up across the country. 

“I was in shock that so quickly a dog can be taken and then transported to another state,” Avery said, “but here he is, snoring behind me.” 


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Los Angeles has experienced an uptick in designer dog abductions recently, especially among French bulldogs, which can be sold for about $5,000 each. 

One of the most high-profile abductions was that of Lady Gaga’s two dogs. The singer’s dog walker was shot and severely wounded and two of her French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, stolen in February 2021. The dogs were later recovered and five people were charged in relation to the shooting and abductions. 

However, these dog abductions aren’t unique to the Los Angeles area. In October 2021, a 3-month-old Tri-Merle French bulldog was stolen at gunpoint in Washington, D.C. She hasn’t been recovered. 


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