A recent attempt to snatch a dog from a woman highlights the increase in thefts of small dogs

NEW YORK – The police are looking for a man who followed a woman and her dog to an office building south of Tribeca and attempted to snatch the animal.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, there has been an increase in reports of thefts of small dogs — in particular, one breed.

Surveillance video shows man trying to catch French bulldog of a woman inside a revolving door in an office building at 61 Broadway. During the struggle, his head hit a glass door.

The suspect fled and the police are looking for him.

The victim, who did not want to be identified, told CBS2 in a statement that she had taken self-defense classes.

“I stood up for myself and kept my dog ​​safe – I don’t think they expected that,” she said.

Thefts of French bulldogs have been reported across the country. In 2021, Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot dead as thieves stole two of his french bulldogs.

French Bulldogs ranked first among the most popular breeds at the American Kennel Club in New York in 2021. They are also expensive and worth thousands of dollars.

“She’s high on the price list for a Frenchie, so she’s a target for theft,” said Taylor Calvoni, who owns one.

He watches his Frenchie closely and wears a specific type of pepper spray.

“If anyone comes near me, they’re going to get a smack in their face,” he said.

Gainer spoke with private investigators who investigate missing and stolen animals. They gave her some tips on how to protect yourself and your pet. The first thing they say? Don’t call and be careful.

“Don’t leave your pet unattended, period,” private investigator Angel Nieves said.

Nieves is a former NYPD detective and says don’t tie them to anything outside and run into a store. He also suggests walking away from people you don’t know.

“Give them an excuse to stay away from you – please don’t come near my dog, you know my dog ​​is skittish,” Nieves said.

Investigator Peter Tocco agrees and says not to take questions from strangers either.

“It’s ‘oh, where’s your breeder? I love this dog. I’m looking to get one myself.’ And what happens is that they start extracting information from you little by little,” Tocco said.

“I think about it all the time. People stop me all the time. ‘Where did you find that dog? Where did you find that dog?’ And I’m thinking about the future and I’m ready. You have to be now,” Calvoni said.

Avoid predictability with your dog walks. Microchip your dog and invest in a GPS collar.

Even with precautions, they note that it doesn’t take much to steal an animal. If your dog is stolen, call the police immediately and file a report.

The woman involved in the attempted dog abduction was treated for a head injury. His dog was not injured. She also thanked the strangers who ran to help.