NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A Louisiana couple visiting New Orleans had their truck stolen from a gasoline station in Gentilly Woods with their 4 canine inside early final Tuesday (July 19).
“It happened so fast, we couldn’t believe it,” mentioned the proprietor, who requested that his identification be hid.
They left the truck operating in a parking zone within the 4300 block of Louisa Avenue round shortly after midnight final Tuesday morning. They mentioned they needed to ensure their 4 canine had air con whereas they ran inside.
New Orleans police mentioned they imagine the person pictured under drove off within the truck.
“We called the police and to our surprise, the police told us that they couldn’t step in and do anything,” the proprietor mentioned.
The couple filed a report, however mentioned an officer by no means got here to the scene.
Determined, they turned to somebody they believed might assist.
“A couple came in like really just frantic, freaking out saying that their car had been stolen and that their dogs were inside,” mentioned Emily Hicks with Villalobos Rescue Heart.
Villalobos Rescue Heart took to social media with the decision for assist.
“Pit bulls can have, like, a tough rap. But they are just big babies just like any other dog. So, we just really want to get them home,” Hicks mentioned.
They have been stunned on the quantity of suggestions that started to pour in.
“The crime around here is insane and it can really like get to you. But to see the community really come together and help, it does make you feel good to know that everyone’s fed up and everyone really wants to do something to help,” Hicks mentioned.
The kidnapped canine are nation canine, not used to a metropolis setting, and have been presumably tossed from the truck and scattered across the metropolis.
One pup was discovered final Tuesday operating round North Claiborne Avenue, close to one of many rescue’s amenities.
The rescue then bought a tip about one other pup, laying by the highway within the Florida space.
“We saw her crate across the street, like absolutely demolished. So she had been just sitting there with the crate,” Hicks mentioned.
Then one other sort soul discovered the mama canine Sunday, injured underneath his house by the Honest Grounds.
“Who knows what she’s been through?” Hicks mentioned. “We really wish these dogs could talk.”
She is stitched up and recovering, glad to be again together with her pups and her homeowners, however not with out consequence.
“They’re traumatized. They’re confused as to why it happened,” the proprietor mentioned.
New Orleans police recovered the stolen truck, however the couple continues to be caught, ready to get a brand new key. All their cash left inside additionally was stolen.
What they’re most anxious about, nonetheless, is Galactus, their fourth canine who continues to be lacking.
“He’s very friendly, so I think that’s why they took him with them,” the proprietor mentioned.
The rescuers at Villalobos mentioned they received’t stop.
“It just seems like such an impossible feat. Like, the city is so big and then we find one,” Hicks mentioned. “So, I don’t know, I just really believe that we’re gonna find him.”
Galactus is pictured under. He’s a black unaltered male with cropped ears. When you occur to identify him, name or textual content Villalobos at (504) 229-4229. You possibly can stay nameless.
Anybody with info on the suspect is requested to contact NOPD Third District detectives at (504) 658-6030 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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