Texas women arrested after stealing $10,000 French bulldog puppy from pet store

Two dognappers have been put on ice after trying to make off with a pricey pooch.

Two women were arrested Monday after allegedly brazenly stealing a French bulldog puppy worth $10,000 from a Texas pet store.

The incident occurred around 12:25 p.m. at Petland Woodlands in Shenandoah, about 30 miles north of Houston, according to ABC News.

Mario is returned to Petland Woodlands in Shenandoah.
Mario is returned to Petland Woodlands in Shenandoah. (Shenandoah Police Department)

Petland Woodlands manager Andrew Jones told the women came into the store and asked to see the puppy. As soon as the dog, Mario, was brought out, the women grabbed the pup, fled the store and sped off in a silvery Chevy HHR crossover with no license plates.

The women later put the plates back onto the car and were stopped and arrested shortly thereafter. They face unspecified charges.

Little Mario was returned to the store unharmed.

“This happens more often than we would like to say,” Jones, the store’s manager, told KTRK. “French bulldogs are very highly sought after and, as a result, it is what people are attempting to steal.”

The incident is the latest dognapping case involving French bulldogs.

In February, armed robbers shot a dog walker working for Lady Gaga and took two of the singer’s French bulldogs in Los Angeles. Ryan Fischer, the dog walker, has since recovered. In April, five people, including the woman who returned the dogs to the LAPD, were slapped with a number of charges, including attempted murder and robbery.

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