HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — There’s been joy and anxiety for the owners of two French bulldogs on Long Island over the holiday weekend.
One of the pooches was stolen during a Thanksgiving Day burglary in Huntington, and her owners offered a $5,000 reward. To the relief of the Hauck family, 4-year-old Stella was found wandering the street Saturday morning in Center Moriches, about 30 miles away.
Colleen Franca of Brooklyn found the dog while walking her sister's dog and told Newsday she had been notified by a passing motorist about a bulldog wandering in the area. Franca told the newspaper she didn't seek the reward money.
“I was just happy they got reunited,” she said.
On Sunday, Suffolk County police reported a burglary at a home in Bay Shore in which clothing, cash and a 3-month-old male French bulldog named Zushi were stolen. The burglary occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
According to the America Kennel Club website, about 2 million dogs are stolen every year, often high-value breeds such as bulldogs or French bulldogs or smaller breeds such as chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers.