French bulldog stolen at gunpoint in Oakland – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Hannah Nelson held back tears and spoke about her nearly 2-year-old Frenchie Merlyn who she believed was stolen at gunpoint on Saturday.

Nelson was out of town for Thanksgiving, so her friend Marieka Bayens took him for a walk on 24th and Valdez Streets in Oakland just after 6 p.m.

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“Suddenly these two men came out of nowhere,” said Bayens. “One basically walked right up to me, aimed a gun at my face and said give me the dog, and the other grabbed Merlyn.”

She said the two men got into a car and sped on a one-way street in the wrong direction towards Whole Foods.

“I think it was really just an immense shock that it happened,” said Bayens. “As a Bay Area local and as a recent Oakland resident, I know a lot has happened, but I – you know, it was 6pm and it was literally four feet from me.”

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French Bulldogs are a popular breed and are often the target of predators across the country because of their high prices.

“I definitely thought someone could take it away. So when I go it’s usually not dark and I keep my eyes open, ”Nelson said.

When asked what the past 24 hours have been for you, Nelson replied, “It’s strange, we’re coming home and I see his stuff here … I have a hard time even thinking why anyone would do this in the first place. We just want him back, we want him to be safe. “

Merlyn is about 26 pounds and gray with black spots. The belly and chest are white. Nelson has set up a rewards website for Merlyn’s safe return: www.rewardformn.com

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She said Oakland Police are looking for surveillance videos nearby. KPIX 5 has contacted the department, we have not yet received any feedback.

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