The Case of the Stolen French Bulldog
Doggies have been returned.
In some totally bizarro news, Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were stolen, after her dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, was shot. Mr. Fischer is expected to make a full recovery. And speaking of recovery, an unidentified woman claimed the $500,000 reward for the safe return of the dogs.
According to the news article, she had no involvement with the dog napping. How she ended up with the dogs has not been explained.
I want to blame the coronavirus for this event, maybe because they’ve been cooped up all winter long so when they get out in the sunshine, they do things they normally wouldn’t do, like tailgate me and follow me around in an enormous truck after I beeped my horn at them (after I almost collided with him because he was halfway in my lane), until I called 911 to report that a strange man was following me. For all the men out there reading this … don’t follow women around in your car, okay? Because that’s not road rage. That’s stupidity.
But the truth of the matter is … I can’t blame the coronavirus. Because people are messed up.
Lots of rumors have been floating around the doggy Instagram world, such as that Frenchies are valuable, or the 'nappers knew Lady Gaga would offer a reward, or they had diamond collars on. For their part, dog walkers are now being more cautious.
All I can say is, Lady Gaga better pay that man another $500,000. Or at least $250,000 for saving the third dog.
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Understanding the Lucrative Business of French Bulldog Theft
French Bulldogs are one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world, known for their adorable looks and affectionate personalities. Unfortunately, their popularity has led to a surge in demand, making them a prime target for theft.
In recent years, French Bulldog theft has become a lucrative business, with stolen dogs sold for thousands of dollars on the black market. Just look at Lady Gaga's puppy pups! In February 2021, Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward to anyone that safely returned her two doggos Koji and Gustav. What drives this illicit trade, and how can we put an end to it?
The Growing Popularity of French Bulldogs
Unfortunately, the high price tag has made French Bulldogs a prime target for thieves. In some cases, breeders' homes have been broken into, and their puppies stolen. In other instances, owners have reported their dogs being snatched from their yards or while out for a walk.
The Lucrative Business of French Bulldog Theft
The black market for French Bulldogs is a multi-million dollar industry. Stolen dogs are sold for thousands of dollars to buyers who are willing to pay a premium for the breed. In some cases, dogs are stolen and then sold to unsuspecting buyers who have no idea that the dog they purchased was stolen. Or in the case of Lady Gaga, held for ransom.
Many stolen dogs are also used for breeding. French Bulldogs are notoriously difficult to breed, and as a result, breeders are willing to pay big bucks for breeding stock. The stolen dogs are used to produce more puppies, which are then sold at a premium.
The Role of Social Media in French Bulldog Theft
Social media has played a significant role in the rise of French Bulldog theft. Some thieves use social media to identify potential targets, such as breeders and owners who post pictures of their French Bulldogs. Others use social media to sell stolen dogs to unsuspecting buyers.
How Can We Combat This Problem?
Make sure you buy registered dogs from a verifiable and reputable breeder. And be careful when you walk your doggies!