French bulldog stolen by mystery man in SUV turns up 3000 miles from home

A French bulldog which was stolen after coming loose from its collar during a walk has been reunited with its thankful owner after turning up 3000 miles away from home.

Rachel Avery had been walking her beloved Frenchie named Jag in West Hollywood, US, earlier this month when the pooch slipped out of the collar.

After it had darted off around the neighbourhood, surveillance footage from a local business showed a mystery man in a black SUV swipe the dog before speeding away.

Just a few days later, Rachel then got a call out of the blue from a number in Philadelphia.

The person on the phone insisted that they had not stolen Jag, and promised to hand him back over if Rachel did not press charges.

Rachel told local news outlet ABC 7: "When I heard he was in Philadelphia, it was unbelievable.

"I was in shock that so quickly a dog can be taken and then transported to another state, but here he is, snoring behind me."

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Rachel and the adorable Jag were eventually reunited at an airport in Philadelphia.

The dog owner was sure to mention how grateful she was to law enforcement, who she says took the theft extremely seriously.

Rachel also extended her thanks to her local community in West Hollywood, who rallied behind her in a massive effort to find the missing pooch.

French bulldogs can fetch up to $5,000 (£3,660) per dog, and several in the West Hollywood area have been nabbed in recent times.

In December, a man was attacked and dragged 200ft by his assailant's car as his Frenchie was taken.

Also last year, five people were eventually arrested after Lady Gaga's dogwalker was shot and several of her French bulldogs taken.

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Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States, explained to ABC News how they are an "expensive, in-demand breed" which "might explain why thieves gravitate toward snatching them".

"When someone’s pet is stolen, it is a heart wrenching experience filled with fear and immense grief," she added.

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