Skip to comments.Stolen K-9 Service Dog Found In Hawthorne Backyard
Posted on 07/02/2013 3:13:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin
HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) A missing K-9 unit stolen from a Beverly Hills-based bodyguard company Monday was found in the South Bay, not far from where it disappeared last month.
Bear, a black and tan German shepherd service dog, was reported stolen on June 19 from West 118th Street and Birch Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Richard Davis of The Bodyguard Group.
Five days later, a witness came forward and said shed seen flyers and said that a gentleman . . . was seen tying a rope around Bears neck and dragging him down the street forcibly, owner Chris Herzog told KNX 1070.
Herzog contact the man, a former gang member, who denied having the highly trained animal.
We finally gave up trying to keep this quiet and because we didnt want someone to realize how valuable he was, easily worth $40,000 with all of his training, . . . we went to the news, Herzog said.
A $10,000 reward was offered for Bears safe return through the media on Monday morning.
A suspicious tip led Davis to Bear who had been held in the backyard of a home on 82nd Street in Hawthorne.
They didnt know my name, did not know my dogs name . . . . They knew nothing but $10,000 and bring me my money! he said.
Bear had been beaten and was taken to a veterinarian to treat a broken leg.
His leg is badly injured in multiple places. We had to clear dried blood out his mouth, ears and nose. He cant walk, Herzog added.
A certified service work dog, Bear volunteers at local hospitals and performs tricks for U.S. veterans and sick children.
It was unclear if any arrests were made in connection with the case. The investigating is ongoing.
Any attempt to sell a certified service work dog is a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison
I sure hope they catch the bastids who did this-—and sentence him to many years of hard labor.
Let me guess about the perps...
May these people rot in hell!
Those m’fers i’d like to take a club to them and beat them to within an inch of their lives !
Literally within 1 inch!
They WILL catch them and those rotten sob’s will be in BIG trouble..that is a K-9 and the law is VERY harsh on that.
I used to work not far form there. Monday morning I’d eavesdrop on the worker bees to find out who’s friends and relatives got shot that weekend...
I don’t know, but you’d think any company that calls itself “The Bodyguard Group” could keep an eye on its own dogs.
I’ll loan you 2 extra inches to finish the job.
If this is Hawthorne I can tell you that the occupants of the house are of a protected class (i.e., not white or native-born Americans).
GPS chips might be a good idea.
I took my Yorkie to the groomer this morning and she is beautiful. I can’t imagine anyone treating a dog badly and someone needs to hang whoever hurt the service dog. A dog is not a robot, they think and they take care of us. My Yorkie is a watch dog and she tells me when something moves outside - she watches out the glass doors for movement so she can tell me. At least the dog was found and can be helped - he is not dead and that’s a blessing.
Someone's head needs to role on this.
Re-neg on the reward. Sorry...we don’t have it.
I have friends and family who are devoted to the breed and can be extremely persuasive. They all take things like this very, very personally.
They're the type who will make certain that justice will be done, thoroughly and completely, I can promise you that.
I’ll give you a club and split the difference with you...:^)
We are on our second GSD and love the breed and dogs in general as well as cats and horses. I hope whoever it is gets more than they deserve and that is how I feel about any abuser of animals.
Glad they found the dog - hope he’ll be okay. But I’m thinking he needs more training. A guard dog? That lets himself get stolen?? (Or - he is VERY well trained and only attacks on command. I suppose that is the case.)
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel (Proverbs 12:10)
From your mouth to God’s ear........
I think that's fair.
Yeah..couldn’t figure that one out either..
beautiful...never saw that one.
Works for me.
OMG; I’m glad they found him, but he’s been injured. Is he going to be all right after rehabilitation? I can’t stand the thought that somebody deliberately hurt that beautiful dog.
How about "A missing K-9". Calling a dog a "unit" just sounds so very wrong. They are living, breathing creatures, not equipment.
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I have my doubts about this.
If you read this as well as the local update that talked about the finding, there is no talk about him actually being a “K9” in any sense. Just “therapy” and his work being nice to people. And how “sweet and I could see him letting anyone take him because he’s so trusting”.
If that is the case, he is NOT a K9 despite belonging to a “Bodyguard” company.
And if he’s not a K9, and wasn’t so trained, there is no way there was $40,000 put into the dog.
I’m a bit confused by all this.
“And if hes not a K9, and wasnt so trained, there is no way there was $40,000 put into the dog.”
I wonder if they were just thinking ahead to when they would collect the insurance if he didn’t turn up?
Why was this dog stolen in the first place?
Microchips are implantable, but not tracking devices. Info re: animal if it arrives at a shelter or vet that has a compatible scanner.
GPS chips not implantable, can be on a collar, but thieves are likely to remove the collar, you need to be within range of the chip, etc..
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