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Carrollton carjacking victim pleads for dog's return

New Orleans, La. -

A woman is attacked and carjacked in her driveway along a normally busy stretch of Claiborne Ave. Now, she's pleading with the carjacker to return her 11-year old dog.

Meg Hall says a man pointed a gun at her head around 10:30 Tuesday night, then stole her tan 2000 Lincoln Navigator on Burdette Street, right off Claiborne Avenue.

"I let go of the door and he pulled me out by my jacket and pulled me behind the vehicle, where he hit me and pushed me on the ground," said Hall, walking through the driveway where she was carjacked.

"This is the driveway I was in.  I was leaving my boyfriend's house, saying goodbye to his mother who was on the porch, and two of his large dogs were here, right here in the yard," said Hall.

Hall is only one of many carjacking victims in New Orleans.  Her frightening experience continues, in a sense, due to Skeeter -- the 11-year old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix that was sitting in the front seat at the time of the crime.

She says she pleaded with the carjacker to let her dog go, but he punched her in the face and took off down a busy stretch of Claiborne near Carrollton Avenue.

"He hit me in the face and threw me on the ground and I got up, and he was already back in the car by the time I got up.  And I banged on the windows and I said 'my dog, my dog is in the seat,'" said Hall. "I mean he was sitting right there, he's like looking at me."

"We're trying to create a happier ending to this horrible tragedy and the problem is, this could happen to anybody," said Jeff Dorson, director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

The Humane Society of Louisiana has partnered with Hall to offer a $1000 reward for Skeeter's safe return.

"Chances are, the guy knew he was going to be in trouble, and opened the door and let Skeeter out," said Dorson.

"I just want them to bring Skeeter back. I'd like them to bring him to any local shelter and there won't be any questions asked," said Hall.

Just last week, a woman cleaning her Lexus SUV at Willow and Adams Streets, Uptown, was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight. Police arrested a man in that case.

A few weeks before that incident, there were two carjackings on Marengo Street and near Camp and Delachaise, where a man was shot twice in the chest.  Two teens were arrested in the Marengo carjacking.

"I think this happens too much. I think that victims of crime... there's too many in this city now," said Hall.

The Humane Society urges anyone with information on the dogs whereabouts to call 1-888-6-HUMANE. Police are also still searching for the stolen 2000 Lincoln Navigator, license plate TFX 907.

If you have information about the carjacking suspect, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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