NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Humane Society of Louisiana is offering a $500 reward for the safe and immediate return of a nine-month-old pit bull puppy who was stolen at gun point from her owner on February 22.
The NOPD is searching for the puppy, named Angel, who was taken from her owner during an armed robbery.
At about 11:45 p.m., the victim was walking his dog in the 2000 block of Tulane Avenue when he was approached from behind by a black male riding a dark-colored bicycle with black rims. The suspect asked the victim if he could buy his dog. The victim said his dog is not for sale and continued walking. The suspect then reportedly lifted his shirt to display a gun and took the dog. The suspect then fled on South Roman street toward Gravier Street, then in an unknown direction.
The victim told police he didn't chase the subject because the subject was armed and the victim was afraid of being shot.
Police released the following description: "The perpetrator is a described as being a black male, 6'1" with a slim build, large lips and medium-length dreadlocks. The suspect is believed to be in his early 20s."
"We are deeply disturbed by these crimes," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. "We are particularly concerned about Angel. To aid in her recovery and to prevent her from being harmed, we are offering a $500 reward for her safe return - or for information leading to her recovery. It's a very sad situation that many of our citizens are now unable walk their dogs without fearing for the safety of their animals or themselves." The group plans to distribute reward fliers throughout the city during the next several weeks."
The Humane Society is sharing all tips or leads with NOPD, the LaSPCA and with Crimestoppers. Those with information are encouraged to call any of the First District detectives at 504-658-6395 or 504-658-6010.
"There are multiple crimes someone could be charged with for stealing a dog at gunpoint," says Fisher. "The most severe is armed robbery with a firearm - since animals are considered property under the law. This crime is a felony, carrying a possible sentence of 15 years without the benefit of probation or parole. Additionally, if convicted, the perpetrator could be ordered to pay financial restitution to the victim and be held civilly liable." There are also state and local anti-cruelty statues that could be applicable in such cases.
Citizens with information can also Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. To arrange for the safe transfer of Angel, individuals are asked to call the Humane Society at 1-888-648-6263.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident or suspect should contact any First District detective at 504-658-6395 or 504-658-6010. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.