French Bulldogs Are Being Stolen At Gunpoint And I Am Done

What is this world we live in?

Ellen Eastwood
4 min readJul 7, 2022


A picture of two French bulldogs on leashes. One is sniffing the other.
Photo by For Chen on Unsplash

Imagine this. You’ve had a hard day and you’re looking forward to crawling into bed. You just need to take the dog out to do his business one last time before you can get some sleep.

You’re distracted as Fido sniffs the grass, looking for the exact right spot to leave his mark. That’s why you don’t see the three people approach until they demand your dog at gunpoint.

I try not to over-consume the news these days. I’m sure you understand why. It’s rough out there.

But something caught my eye right as I was leaving a webpage. There’d been a rash of French Bulldogs stolen by force while their owners were taking them out for a walk.

Pardon my language, but what the literal f*ck?

French Bulldogs are in-demand with dog lovers because they have sweet faces and good temperaments. But they’re also very expensive because they’re difficult to breed. Their small hips mean they often require c-sections. The average litter costs about $7,000 and yields only 2–3 puppies.

Anytime there is high demand and low supply, prices skyrocket. Enter the thieves and scammers.

In the past 18 months or so, dognapping has become more common in major cities across America, including LA and New York, Chicago, and Miami. So much so that this article provides a list of protocols for French Bulldog owners to avoid getting their pets stolen, including no social media posts of that adorable face.

Yeah, like that’s going to happen.

This video shows Robert Marinelli literally being dragged behind a car as someone grabs his dog Luca and drives away. Marinelli, who had just been released from hospital himself, described himself as “completely distraught.”

Humans have been poaching wild animals like elephants and rhinos for many years. While this is inexcusable, it’s normally those who struggle to earn a living wage who engage in these practices. In a village in Tanzania, 96% said they’d stop poaching if they could make a living any other way.

This is not the case for these dognappers. The United States is currently experiencing a shortage…



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