Man’s dog stolen at gunpoint in Milwaukee's Third Ward neighborhood returned

NOW: Man’s dog stolen at gunpoint in Milwaukee’s Third Ward neighborhood returned

Updated: 11:56 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police have arrested three men after returning a stolen dog. 

A 17-year-old, 23-year-old, and 28-year-old were taken into custody in connection to the investigation. 


Updated: 6:47 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Henri, a beloved French Bulldog stolen from his owner at gunpoint, has been found. 

The dog's owner said detectives located Henri in a house on Milwaukee's north side. 

Thankfully, the Third Ward Association had cameras that captured a clear image of the car which helped track Henri down.

Milwaukee police say three males -- a 17-year-old, 23-year-old, and 28-year-old, were arrested.

Criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in the coming days.

Henri's owner, Don, says Henri seems fine, he's just missing his collar. 


Published: 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Milwaukee police are investigating after a dog was stolen at gunpoint Monday evening, Aug. 17.

It was near Jackson and Chicago Streets where the victim was walking his 4-year-old French Bulldog, when he says he was held at gunpoint and dragged in the process.

“He came out with a gun and said ‘just give him to me’,” describes Don, the dog’s owner.

It was around 5:15 Monday evening when Don was walking Henri on the 200 block of North Jackson Street.

“I held on to that leash for dear life, while they kept holding the gun at me, I really didn’t care,” says Don.

Don’s first instinct was to protect Henri the best he could.

“I just kept holding on to the leash,” explained Don. “It just went through my hands. I’ve got blisters. The skin on this finger (referencing his right pointer finger) is totally gone. This is just road rash that I have everywhere else. I ended up smacking my ear on the curb as they were going away.”

A police report was filed and luckily eyewitnesses stood by to give their accounts.

“There were three cars that stopped,” says Don. “One got a license plate number; one had a description of the car, and one of the people. There started out being one with a gun trying to take the dog. I must have been holding on too much because another guy came out.”

Don’s biggest concern is Henry’s current state since he’s a dog with special needs.

“He takes medication for his anxiety and I cannot imagine what that dog is going through right now,” says Don. “So whoever has him just please drop him off.”

Henri is microchipped. He’s black with a white patch on his chest.

“I’m totally panicked as to what he could be going through right now,” says Don.

Milwaukee Police say they’re still looking for the suspects.

If you recognize Henri or see him you’re asked to contact Milwaukee Police. Henry can also be dropped off at the Humane Society or veterinarian offices.

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