[Ed. – Particularly vicious because this dog was probably stolen from her loving family for a brutal life in puppy-mill breeding or as bait in dog-fighting.]
A 14-year-old boy walking a 3-month-old German shepherd in San Leandro was held up at gunpoint by two men who took the puppy and fled, police said.
“Nothing was taken, just the dog,” said Lt. Robert McManus, a spokesman for the San Leandro Police Department. He said the incident marked the first dog-napping his department has investigated.
The holdup unfolded Monday, when the teen took his puppy — named Maya — for an evening stroll on Dayton Avenue in what is typically a quiet San Leandro neighborhood.
About 8:30 p.m., the boy and his dog were confronted by two men who rolled up in a light-colored car. The passenger got out and tried to snatch Maya, but the boy resisted. Then the driver emerged with a gun.