Beverly Hills Insider Reveals VERY Radical Action French Owners Are Taking

Beverly Hills Insider Reveals VERY Radical Action French Owners Are Taking

Fearing for their French! A Beverly Hills insider talks about the VERY drastic measures owners are taking to keep their pets safe from dog walkers, from pushing them in strollers to being taken out only in cars with tinted windows.

  • Wealthy French Bulldog owners in Beverly Hills are looking to dog breeders.
  • People wear stun guns and walk their pets only in covered strollers.
  • Others stopped walking their dogs altogether for fear of being kidnapped.
  • A year after Lady Gaga had two of her three bulldogs stolen.

Wealthy French Bulldog owners in Beverly Hills are very dog ​​friendly and go to great lengths to keep their pets safe, from wearing stun guns to refusing to walk them in public.

The skyrocketing popularity of the cute French Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Frenchies”, among celebrities has made them a target for dog snatching gangs who sell them on the lucrative black market.

Purebred Frenchies sell for between $4,000 and $22,100. There is also money to be made from the rewards offered by desperate wealthy owners.

The practice made headlines last year when thieves ambushed and shot Lady Gaga’s caretaker outside her Hollywood home, causing public shock.

The targets were Lady Gaga’s three French Bulldogs: Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav. Miss Asia escaped and was found safe and sound, while the other two were returned when the singer offered a $500,000 (£354,000) reward for their safe return – ‘no questions asked’.

The skyrocketing popularity of the cute French Bulldogs, affectionately known as

The skyrocketing popularity of the cute French Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Frenchies”, among celebrities has made them a target for dog snatching gangs who sell them on the lucrative black market. This put wealthy Beverly Hills homeowners on high alert. Pictured is Lady Gaga, who temporarily lost two of her three Frenchies when her pet was shot while hunting dogs.

But it’s not just celebrities who fall prey to opportunistic dog thieves, writes AirMail’s Jensen Davis, obscure dog owners in the area are also taking drastic measures to keep their Frenchies safe.

Interior designer Robert Marinelli has said he is no longer taking his Frenchie, Luca, for walks after the dog was snatched on a morning walk outside Soho House in West Hollywood.

The perpetrators were driving a black car and slowed down before jumping out and grabbing Luca, much to Mr. Marinelli’s chagrin.

Deciding not to let the dog go, Mr. Marinelli tried to reach the car before getting stuck and dragged down the road.

Luca was eventually returned after the distraught owner offered a $10,000 reward.

Purebred Frenchies sell for between $4,000 and $22,100.  There is also money to be made from the rewards offered by desperate wealthy owners.  Pictured is Reese Witherspoon and her Frenchwoman Minnie Pearl.

Purebred Frenchies sell for between $4,000 and $22,100. There is also money to be made from the rewards offered by desperate wealthy owners. Pictured is Reese Witherspoon and her Frenchwoman Minnie Pearl.

Another Beverly Hills resident said she also stopped taking her dogs for walks because she was very worried about being taken away. Instead, dogs go on epaulettes.

“We put them in the back of the car because the windows are tinted so no one can see there are French people in the car,” she told AirMail.

Owners who are still not afraid of daily walks are taking extra precautions.

A local man named Luis Marin said he has a “suspicion” if the car slows down when he walks his Frenchie named Dyce.

When he and his fiancée take Dice out for a walk, they do so in a pram with a cover on top so passers-by don’t know there’s a Frenchman inside.

He also bought a stun gun to use against any potential intruders.

Several Beverly Hills residents said they feel anxious just being out on the street with their Frenchies.  Pictured is Martha Stewart with her puppies.

Several Beverly Hills residents said they feel anxious just being out on the street with their Frenchies. Pictured is Martha Stewart with her puppies.

Elsewhere, other owners have revealed how they are considering a full move out of West Hollywood in search of a safer area where their pets can roam without fear of being snatched.

The author reports that the Los Angeles Police Department has not reported a sharp increase in dog abduction cases.

In the UK it’s a different story. Cases of dog abductions nearly tripled during the Covid lockdown after the demand for dogs caused puppy prices to skyrocket.

Now criminals who steal a dog can be sentenced to five years in prison in a plan to make it a crime.

Ministers are planning to add dog trapping to the Animals (Kested Animals) Welfare Bill, which passed its second reading in Parliament last month on the recommendation of the Pet Theft Task Force.

The group was formed in May after more than 2,000 thefts were reported to the police in 2020.

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