A New Orleans woman is every dog lovers new hero! She showed beautiful and unconditional love for her dog when she chose to lose all the valuables in her purse over her fluffer when men holding her at gunpoint made her choose. Naturally, like all dog lovers, she knew that her fur baby was far more important than any phone or credit card.
A 54-year-old woman in Hollygrove Louisiana was walking her dog minding her own business, according to New Orleans Police. As they took their daily constitutional, two men riding bikes approached the pair. One of the men demanded that she give him her dog.
Both of the men were wearing disguises. One of them was wearing a white mask over his face, and the other was wearing a black bandana with his hoodie pulled up over his head.
She refused to hand over her dog, and then things got even scarier. One man intimated that he had a gun and demanded that she choose. He told her to either hand over the dog or give them her purse.
SHE THREW IT AT THEM
At this point, the woman made the obvious choice and threw her purse at the masked men. The men then told her to walk away with her dog, which is what she proceeded to do. Then, the men merely rode away on their bikes in the other direction, as though they didn’t just traumatize that poor woman.
Sadly, it isn’t all that uncommon for people to attempt to steal dogs. Especially in the area that this woman lived. According to New Orleans police, on February 25, a 9-month-old Pitbull puppy by the name of Angel was stolen from her mom, also by a man riding a bike.
TOP TIPS TO AVOID DOG THEFT
Sadly, according to the American Kennel Club dog theft is on the rise. Pet theft increased 28 percent from 2012 to 2013 alone. While this is scary news, there are steps you can take to help protect your fur baby as much as possible.
- Keep your dog leashed – Dogs off their leashes are a more likely target for dog thieves as they are much easier to grab.
- Never leave your doggo outside unattended – A fence alone is not enough to deter a would-be dognapper. Make sure when they are outside, you keep a close eye on your furry friend.
- Keep your gate locked at all times – If it’s essential that you leave your dog in the yard, it is vital that you lock the gate.
- Be very wary of anyone who shows too much interest in your dog – Of course, these days many people love dogs and are not afraid to show it, which can be a great way to socialize. However, stay as aware of these strangers as you can. Keep an eye on things and if something doesn’t feel right, listen to your gut and bring your dog inside.
- Don’t leave your pupper alone in the car – Everyone knows not to leave their dogs in a hot car, but remember that leaving them in there at all could attract pet thieves.
- Never tie your pet up outside a store alone – I know that this complicates things on some people’s walks. There are dog-friendly areas in which it is okay to do this. If you live in one of these, merely use caution and common sense. If you don’t live in an area like that, use extreme caution or take a friend.
- Microchip – Get a microchip for your dog. A simple tag just isn’t enough, because a robber could easily remove that and throw it away. With an up-to-date microchip, however, you can quickly locate your dog if the worst should happen.
Even if you take all these precautions, the unthinkable could still happen. If it does, call the police right away and report the crime.
As always, hug your dog and tell them you love them today no matter what.