Puppy Yanked in Theft Caught on Video

Chipper is now back with his owner
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2018 10:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – A puppy is back with its owner after being stolen from its yard in broad daylight in a dognapping that was caught on surveillance video. Matt Ivy shared the footage from Saturday in a desperate attempt to get 10-week-old Chipper back; in it, two men can be seen pulling up to the gated yard in Mesquite, Texas, before one jumps out, grabs Chipper from over a fence, and carries him off as he yelps and two adult dogs in the yard bark at the men. Ivy, a Dallas firefighter who's also a dog breeder, also created a GoFundMe campaign to raise reward money for the Dogue de Bordeaux or French mastiff puppy, which is valued at $3,000. On Wednesday, Ivy and Chipper were reunited "thanks to the help of media and local citizens," per FOX 4.

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"Somebody sold Chipper to a good man that called me and returned him," Ivy explained on his Facebook page. "Sorry it's so short, police have asked me to keep details minimal." Police are still looking for the suspects, the Dallas News reports. Ivy says he started breeding French mastiffs after seeing the movie Turner and Hooch. "They told me that's just a mutt. You'll never find one," he tells FOX 4. "Flipped through a dog book 15 years ago and found them. Did my research and got them. Been in love with them ever since." (Read more dognapping stories.)

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