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Woman's Dog Taken From Her On Montecito Ave - Lake Merritt

These people must be caught. Also, people in the neighborhood must not be afraid to get involved. We used to, but lately too many people seem almost anti-social. This is the result as people who think to commit these crimes in our area are more likely to do it if they feel no one will be nosy enough to intervene. Get involved.

Dog's abduction, apparent strangulation lead to outpouring of sympathy, calls to help

OAKLAND -- An outraged public has responded strongly to the story of pet owner Lea Dunn, who put up a fierce struggle last week to save her dog, Princess, from two men who scooped up the tiny Yorkshire terrier at her feet and fled.

Princess had been strangled by the time Dunn, a 25-year-old Oakland woman, found the discarded dog, police said.

One investigator said police were inundated with calls Wednesday after a story about Dunn and her dog ran in the Oakland Tribune, and the newspaper received numerous messages from concerned people wanting to help.

One woman who breeds Yorkies was so upset by the story she offered Dunn a 10-week-old puppy she said is so sweet and cute she intended to keep him herself.

"I know there could be no replacement for her little Princess,but I want to offer her this little guy to help get her through her loss," Juby Bernardeau wrote in an e-mail to the Tribune.

The dogs can sell for as much as $3,000.

Dunn was entering the lobby of a friend's apartment building on Montecito Avenue near Lake Merritt about 8:30 p.m. last Thursday when the men rushed up behind her and grabbed Princess, who was walking off leash just a few feet ahead.

Dunn said she screamed and tried to wrestle the 2.9-pound Princess away from on of the men, until the other thief flashed a gun. Dunn and her friends then backed off.

The two men fled with Princess. Dunn and her boyfriend followed until one of the men dropped the dog on the ground about a half-block away from the apartment complex, she said.

When she and her boyfriend reached Princess, she was dead, apparently strangled, police said.

Police are working on a composite sketch of the two men, who face robbery charges as well as some form of animal cruelty charge, police have said.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information should call police at 238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 238-6946.

Contact Susan McDonough at smcdonough@angnewspapers.com.
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