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San Pedro puppy theft caught on camera

October 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Since Saturday morning when the dog disappeared, the owners have been plastering their neighborhood with Bubba's picture. They're going to neighbors and local pet stores hoping somebody knows what happens to the dog. Thanks to a neighbor's surveillance camera, they found that a woman coaxed the dog over, picked it up and drove away.

The owners figured that their puppy, Bubba, disappeared Saturday at about 10:30 a.m. The surveillance video provided by the owner's neighbor shows a woman calling out to the 11-week-old bullmastiff on the 1100 block of South Patton Avenue.

"You see the woman get out of the car, and she gets down on her knees and calls the dog over," describes Tracy Antonovich, the dog's owner.

"The dog runs over to her, and you can kind of see her try to pick up the dog, and he gets a little scared and tries to get back, and then she grabs him, puts him in her car and drives off," Antonovich continued.

The couple was just moving into their home over the weekend. Their backyard, according to Michael Pesic, was perfect for what he calls his "dream dog."

"I got him and finally get to build the fence before I even painted the house, and the dog, he got away," says Pesic, fighting tears.

The couple says that they left to run a couple of errands, leaving the dog in the back yard. Somehow, Bubba got out.

The couple said that they paid $1,700 for the puppy. They filed a police report.

Bubba did have a collar but it's unclear in the surveillance video if he still had it on.

"I just want my dog back, they are expensive, but I don't care about that," says Pesic.

"Even if you like him, he's going to be 150 pounds, he's not going to be an easy dog to deal with, and if you're not ready for that, and I hope you're not, and I don't care if your kids are attached to him, I want my dog back," he adds.

There is a reward being offered for Bubba's safe return. The couple just wants their dog back, so they are asking for Bubba to be dropped off at any animal shelter in the South Bay, and they'll pick him up with no questions asked.

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