SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) — Two French bulldogs were stolen during a brazen home invasion in Santa Clara, police said.
The dogs’ owner was home when four gun-wielding robbers arrived on the 2700 block of Newhall Street at 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to investigators.
The robbers did not steal anything from the house except the two purebred French bulldogs.
The dog owner, Misael Rodriguez, and a second resident who lives in the home were not injured.
No arrests have been made.
Rodriguez told KRON4 that he first noticed something was wrong when his French bulldogs started growling.
“I muted the TV and I heard them growling. They never growl,” he said.
A group of masked men entered the house and pointed a gun at Rodriguez’s face, he said.
“First thing I see is the barrel in my face. I didn’t know if they were going to pull the trigger, I don’t know if they came for me or the dogs. First thing I did was turn around and takeoff,” Rodriguez told KRON4.
The robbers chased Rodriguez up the stairs until he locked himself in a bathroom.
After the armed men left, Rodriguez made a heartbreaking discovery. His beloved dogs were gone.
“My heart sank,” he said.
Santa Clara police said the victims did not know the suspects, and it’s unknown why the house was targeted.
Rodriguez said, “I genuinely think they went in there to take the dogs. They didn’t any valuables, the MacBook was on the table.”
Rodriguez said he paid $30,000 for the purebred pooches, named Zoey and Dior.
French bulldogs, also known as “Frenchies,” have been increasingly targeted by violent thieves around the San Francisco Bay Area and across the state. In one high-profile case in February of 2021, Lady Gaga’s dogwalker was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood. The breed is likely targeted because they can sell for thousands of dollars, one breeder said.