A San Marcos doggy daycare is offering $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case of a stolen English bulldog, bringing the total reward to $2,000.
On March 19, Schroeder escaped from his San Marcos home by sneaking under the fence, according to his owners Michelle and MariaElena Hinojos.
Someone spotted the 5-month-old puppy on San Marcos Boulevard and took him to Dogtopia, which is coincidentally next door to Schroeder’s house.
About a half hour later, a man walked into the doggy daycare and asked to pick up the dog.
The business said it released the bulldog because he wasn’t a client.
“A person showed up and said, ‘I hear you have my lost puppy’ and was able to carefully identify the animal. So we said, ‘that’s fantastic,’” Dogtopia spokesperson Drew Boomer said in an interview with NBC 7 last Thursday.
However, the pet parents tell the story a little differently.
“The guy who went in to claim the dog didn’t even say it was his dog. He told them it was his buddy’s dog, and they handed it over to him,” Michelle said Thursday.
The suspect was captured on surveillance video. He has black hair and a mustache and was wearing gray pants and a black long sleeve shirt.
The purebred English bulldog cost $4,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the San Marcos sheriff’s station at 760-510-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.