NJ dognapping caught on tape

March 4, 2009 3:22:54 PM PST
The search is underway for a dognapper who made off with two pups in New Jersey. And the whole thing was captured on camera. The man snatched the dogs from a front porch in Newark. Now, the dogs' owner is offering a reward for their safe return.

She spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News.

The pain and the guilt resurface every time Veronica Murillo watches the dognapping of her beloved Fluffy and Piti.

Sunday evening, just two minutes after the 27-year-old let her dogs out into the front yard, someone opens the gate, puts a leash on Fluffy, a 7-year-old Pekinese, and takes off across Summer Avenue with Piti close behind.

"I think that it was planned. He was watching us. He knows that I do that, that I let the dogs out," Murillo said.

Piti, a 13-month-old shih tzu, returns to the front yard with the dognapper right behind. Moments later, Piti, too, is on a leash and gone.

"My biggest fear is that they give the dogs to Pit bulls so they can have a nice time watching the Pit bulls destroying my dog," she said with a quiver in her voice.

Murillo said she has a four-camera surveillance system on her Newark home for two reasons. She says one reason is safety. The second is because her husband is a law enforcement electronic technician. But never did she think someone would be bold enough to steal her pets from her front yard with her family sitting just inside the living room window.

"If they could just have a heart and give them back, I'm not going to ask questions," she said.

Murillo is offering a thousand dollars reward for the safe return of each dog. Police are investigating.


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