We all love happy ending dog stories. This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel story does have a happy ending. But 24 hours ago the prospects of getting his dog, Holly back according to its owner seemed almost impossible.
Luz Pena from the newsroom of ABC7 News reported a rather disturbing story. A gentleman named Dave Ford, the owner of Holly, parked his car in an alley in San Francisco on Friday at around 10.30 pm. Unfortunately, his car windows got smashed and his beloved dog Holly was stolen from the car. Dave and his girlfriend Kiera filed a police report and immediately started search mission for their missing Holly.
Dave and Kiera handing out flyers showing a photo of their missing dog and talking to people locally, people were helpful and encourage them to keep looking, as they reckon someone knows where she is. Their friends and family also came to help find Holly.
Dave told the reporter that car windows get smashed when people left their computers and phones in them, sadly that is just kind of the way it is in San Francisco now. But kidnapped a dog, that really crossed the line. Standing next to his car and glass still on the ground reminding him of one of the worst days of his life. He cried a lot that morning, He said it felt like having a kid being taken away from you.
Around 2.30 pm Saturday, what a moment of relief and shock when Dave received a call from a stranger claiming he has Dave’s dog Holly, but he is asking for $1000 in exchange for his dog. He instructed Dave to meet on Fern Street alley. Dave told the reporter, “ yeah, my dog was kidnapped and I paid the $1000 ransom to a stranger that handed me my three and a half-year-old Holly in a duffle bag right here. we turned the corner he was walking up and he had a bag. He said I got her inside the duffle bag.”
Dave hopes this experience will teach other dog owners that during a smash-and-grab that even dogs are off-limits now. Make sure nothing is left in the cars, it is getting to the point that even dogs are being taken out of cars.
San Francisco’s District Attorney is proposing a new idea that could possibly be a first of its kind in the country, reimbursing victims of car break-ins for the cost of their broken glass. But as far as paying a ransom to get your dog back? This might be the first!
Video credit to ABC7 News Bay Area