A French Bulldog taken at gunpoint in a brazen daylight abduction has been found dead.
The 14-month old pup named Bruno was on a walk with his owner in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C. on April 13 when four men accosted his owner and took the dog, along with a wallet and cell phone.
Bruno’s owner, Jamaica Harvey, said she received a call from police in Maryland’s Prince George’s County on Friday who gave her the bad news.
“I received a call from PG county , he was found unalive,” she said in a now deleted tweet, Washingtonian reported. “I’m so broken I wanna thank everyone who helped me through this.”
The Bruno killing was a tragic end to a wave of animal abductions that have plagued the DC area in recent months.
Much like New York City, the nation’s capital has been in the grips of a crime wave. Homicide, robbery, violent crime and burglary are all up in 2022 vs. the same period in 2021, police records show.
French Bulldogs, a premium designer breed, are frequently a target of dognapping because of their high value, according to the American Kennel Club, which said smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers were also at high risk.