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Doggie daycare mistakenly gives puppy to stranger

Doggie Daycare Mistakenly Gives Puppy To Stranger
A San Marcos family lost its beloved English bulldog puppy after they say a doggie daycare handed it over to an unknown man.

The playful 5-month puppy, named Schroeder, was a $4,000 birthday gift to Michelle Hinojas of San Marcos.

"He was one of a kind, we called him a wrecking ball," said Hinojas. " He would just run through everything, he didn't care what was in his way, he was always happy."

But Wednesday night, Schroeder somehow slipped under the fence of a storage facility where his owners are resident managers.

Jason Willet, who is from out of town, said he saw the dog run onto San Marcos Boulevard, which is a busy street.

Willet said he caught the dog and brought him next door to a doggie daycare called Dogtopia, thinking maybe the dog had escaped from there.

Drew Boomer, regional Vice President of Dogtopia, said an employee there offered to help, by taking the puppy. She said the employee planned to bring puppy to the Humane Society after she finished closing.

But 45 minutes later, a man captured by Dogtopia's surveillance camera, showed up.

Boomer said he identified the puppy in detail and claimed it was his, so the employee turned Schroeder over to him.

"It just breaks my heart that he got out and was found, only to be gone again," said Hinojos.

Hinojos has created a Facebook page called bring Schroeder home, in hopes that it will provide tips as to the lost puppy's whereabouts.

A spokesperson for the San Diego Sheriff's Department said they are treating this case like any other case, and hope to find the stolen puppy.

Up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that would lead San Diego Sheriff's to the missing Bulldog.

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joseph0958 March 24 2014 at 12:30 PM

Microchip your pets people!!

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lauradrumm4 joseph0958 March 24 2014 at 12:37 PM

You know if you microchip them it isn't a "tracking" device. It only helps if you take a lost dog to a vet to scan it to find out who owns it. It doesn't track stolen dogs. It's not a GPS.

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aumagic lauradrumm4 March 24 2014 at 1:01 PM

Thank you - finally someone who understands about microchipping! I have a friend who had her cat microchipped ... he got scared one day when movers where at her house, and he got out. Someone found him, and brought him to the local shelter. They never scanned for the chip, and they actually wound up putting the cat down, because they deemed him "irrevocably handicapped" ... he was born with a limp, but he didn't let it slow him down. If they had only scanned him for a chip, he would still be alive today.

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Gracie GirL March 24 2014 at 2:33 PM

I wonder who let the cat out of the bag that this dog was found and it went far enough that some one had enough information to come in to that day care and describe that dog as theirs? Bastards.
Keep the reward moving up and fast. You will get your puppy back. Money talks.. Some one will rat out the theif.

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chris Gracie GirL March 25 2014 at 1:52 AM

How did anyone (be it the owner or the guy that professed to be the owner) know that the pup was at the daycare in the first place? Employee definitely called someone.

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Camp Bulldog March 24 2014 at 2:38 PM

Someone who works there called this guy with the info he needed to get the dog. This is an inside job... and, because of the value... it is a felony. Your ass will be charged and could be sent to prison.
The dog should of had an ID chip installed.
Let this be a lesson to all of you...get your dog tagged. It is the best way to get them home and prove ownership.

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Gracie GirL Camp Bulldog March 24 2014 at 3:03 PM

I think your right!!

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Lee Camp Bulldog March 24 2014 at 4:14 PM

The dog had a chip. Dogtopia never bothered to scan or call the owners. It really looks like an inside job at Dogtopia. Especially if you see the way the girl that handed over the dog is acting on camera.

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Camp Bulldog March 24 2014 at 2:40 PM

for a $1,000 someone would be stupid not to turn this LOSER in.

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impexlink Camp Bulldog March 24 2014 at 3:08 PM

The dog is worth $4000K they should increase the reward money and to also get the dog a PIN for the future making it easy to ID the dog when missing or lost. I hope they will find the person

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linda lee March 24 2014 at 2:47 PM

omg i hope they find the little guy its sad for the owners

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Archaeoone March 24 2014 at 2:55 PM

We are pet parents of four Great Danes. They always wear collars with their names, our phone number, and affixed collar tags with their microchip numbesr and their Trupanion insurance identification numbers. Additonally, all businesses that deal with pets should contact a veterinarian office, etc., and have the dog checked for a microchip. In this day and age, every dog and cat should be microchipped and wear some form of identification. It is the way to be a good pet parent and a responsible member of the community.

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Gracie GirL Archaeoone March 24 2014 at 3:03 PM

People can remove collars and never vet the dog if they want to steal your pet. We have to watch them every moment like children. Evidently this pet day care had uneducated help or some worker was in on giving that puppy to some one they knew.

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Archaeoone Gracie GirL March 24 2014 at 3:18 PM

While it is true that an inside job and all theft cannot be prevented - microchipping and ID collars are the first line of defense against missing and lost animals. It must be a requirement that all personnel who work in businesses that deal with family pets be instructed to contact an agency that possesses microchipping scanners. If this was an innocent mistake (and I am not sure that it was), it was preventable and others would be prevented, if people did what they could to make sure their pets are as protected as is humanely possible and all "pet" related businesses and their employees followed rules to protect animals with whom they come into contact.

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cambion7 March 24 2014 at 3:00 PM

This is why I never have and never will use any Doggy Day Care. Irresponsible owners and workers that I just refuse to trust with my fury little Yorkies.

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Mister Wonderful March 24 2014 at 3:30 PM

I think that someone at Dogtopia called a friend and told him to come ID and get the dog.

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Doc Dickly March 24 2014 at 3:43 PM

Only a complete ******* would steal anothers dog. I ve had three in my life taken because people are just.....well you know.

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Mulberry Farm March 24 2014 at 2:32 PM

I think everybody got off the topic of the story and onto the topic of dog shelters, she wanted the dog, the dog was bought for her, it was her dog by right, it got loose and somebody stole it thats the story I do agree that they over paid for the dog but that doesnt make it right to have the puppy stolen.

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