Missing for a month
A woman living in California named Debbie Campbell was about to give up her search for her missing dog, Brody, who escaped from their Bay Area home last February 3. But when all hope seemed lost after looking for him for almost a month, she received a call last March from a man living in Tijuana, Mexico, informing her of her canine’s whereabouts. And it was a reunion like no other — if only the location of where they discovered her pet wasn’t so unusual.
To appease her suspicion, Campbell had to ask Benjamin Gonzalez, the man who found Brody, if the dog he found had a tattoo. Gonzalez confirmed that the canine did have a tattoo by sending the worried fur mom a photo.
And while it remained a mystery how Brody ended up in Mexico, Gonzalez mentioned that he purchased the canine from someone selling him on the street for $1,000. He had no idea that his new canine companion belonged to somebody else until he proudly showed him to members of his family living in the Bay Area. They showed Benjamin social media photos of Campbell’s missing dog and told him that the original owners had asked for help locating him.
In an interview for ABC7, Aubra, Campbell’s daughter, shared that the Gonzalezes said that Brody looked like the canine they’ve seen on Facebook. After piecing together the pieces, Campbell’s son found himself driving to San Diego within 24 hours to get their dog back.
Safely back home
Currently, he is back and safe at home with his real family. And even though the situation seemed odd, Gonzalez said that the Frenchie was meant to return to his real owners.
Brody the Frenchie is luckier than most for ending up in the arms of a kind stranger who was honest enough to hand him back to his real family. Sadly, not everyone from his breed is as fortunate.
Due to their popularity, French bulldogs are often targeted by thieves because they are small and easy to steal. According to Tara Bruno, founder of SNORT Rescue, Frenchies from reputable breeders cost anywhere between $3,000-$5,000. Often, the motive is resale, as thieves are aware they could earn a couple of thousand dollars for dogs like them. She added that French bulldog thefts are currently on the rise.
A classic and most recent example is the brutal attack on Lady Gaga’s dog walker last February, where the suspects violently shot him in a motive to steal her three French bulldogs. Robberies of the exact nature involving popular breeds are common in the Los Angeles area.
Whatever the case, we’re glad Brody is safe and back home with his family! Thank goodness for good samaritans like Mr. Gonzalez, too!
For more information about dog theft and how to prevent it check out this article about dognappers.
Source: ABC7 News Bay Area / YouTube