A NYC resident is pleading for help after his beloved Bulldog, Off White was stolen during their mid-day walk. The 75-year-old dog parent was approached by a man who first began petting the dog, only to have him snatch the terrified pup and drive away on his scooter.
Carlos and Off White were strolling along their regular walking route when approached by an unknown man. He first appeared interested in petting the 1-year-old Bulldog named Off White, so Carlos allowed him to lean over and say hello to his beloved pup.
What initially seemed like a sweet moment quickly turned into something terrifying as the unknown man grabbed Off White by the back and pulled him into his lap. He began to rev up his engine in an attempt to get away, but Carlos wasn’t going to let that happen without a fight.
Once Carlos realized what was happening, he jumped in front of the scooter and tried to block the thief’s path. After struggling for a few seconds, the man was able to push past Carlos and make his way down the street. Unfortunately, the thief still had Off White in his arms as he sped away.
“When he took off on his bike, I tried to push him. He rushed away, but I thought he was going to hit a pole. Because I wanted to take him out.” – Carlos Gil
Carlos immediately reported the incident to the local police department, sharing the details of the horrifying interaction on 95th Avenue and 88th Street in Ozone Park. The police department gathered any surveillance footage in the area that could assist in identifying the man, and thankfully, the man’s face was caught on camera.
Police have shared the photos and videos of the interaction in hopes of someone having helpful information. They ask anyone in the area to watch the footage in case they may know something and to reach out to local authorities if they have any information that could lead to finding Off White. The pet parents have now raised an $800 reward for anyone with information.
“I understand at this point you might be afraid of getting in trouble or getting someone in trouble, but the dog can be dropped off at a park where there’s people around. He can be dropped off at a police station, nobody has to see anything.” – Carlos Gil
We can’t imagine how Off White’s family is feeling, and we desperately hope he will be found safe and sound!
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