An Albuquerque family is asking for help finding their pet dog that was taken from their backyard.
The Valdez family says Saturday afternoon, a man dragged their 7-year-old English Bulldog named “Rambo” out from their backyard to a car, then drove off. It happened around 5:15 p.m. at the family’s home near Lomas and Wyoming.
“We just want him to be home again,” said Lanette Valdez of her dog Rambo.
The dog-napping happened while the family was at home. Lanette’s sister Latticia saw the theft taking place and ran inside to get her other family members help.
“By the time I looked out the window, he was already getting dragged through our driveway,” said Latticia.
Latticia says the man who took the dog opened the gate to their backyard. The sound of the gate got her attention.
“I came to open the back door right here and I heard the gate open, so I freaked out, I ran back inside and I looked out the window and he was dragging him by the collar,” said Latticia. “Me and my parents, we just ran straight out there, (and said) ‘just give us our dog back,’ and the worst he could say was, ‘F-you’ to our face.”
The family believes the person who took Rambo was the same guy who they caught casing their home just two days earlier.
The family’s since shared Rambo’s story online hoping for leads. They got a tip over the weekend that the man the family believes they saw stealing their dog was seen a day later in a silver Mitsubishi SUV with an English Bulldog at an apartment complex near Louisiana and Gibson.
In the video version of this story, KRQE News 13 blurred the face of the man driving the car because police haven’t formally named or charged a suspect as of Monday evening.
Lanette and Latticia are hoping someone can help.
“My daughter, she’s been asking for him, when we’re going to find him, when we’re going to get the bad guy who took him, she’s just really, she’s scared,” said Lanette.
The sisters have filed a police report. Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 505-242-COPS.