Dog stolen from yard reunited with his family; suspect arrested

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The English Bulldog who was stolen from a family’s backyard is home, and the man who police believe stole him is behind bars. 

Over the last few days, home didn’t felt quite like home for sisters Lanette and Latticia Valdez.

“It’s been tough on us not having him follow us around everywhere,” Lanette said. 

Their 7-year-old English Bulldog named “Rambo,” was taken Saturday afternoon right out of their backyard while the family was inside.

“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,’ Latticia said.

Their plea for help led to a handful of tips including photos of a man seen sitting in an SUV with what appears to be an English Bulldog. Then, Wednesday morning, Lenatte said a family member saw the SUV, this time parked near Carlisle and Menaul.

“He called my fiancรฉ and said, ‘Hey get down here. I found the vehicle. Call the cops,'” Lanette said.

APD said inside the SUV was Rambo and John Young. Police learned quickly the 47-year-old had warrants out for his arrest stemming from a separate case.

“It was just so awesome to get Rambo back and kind of relieving to know that guy got caught,” Lanette said. 

However, detectives said Rambo had an interesting couple of days. At one point, they believe Young took him to a city animal shelter to get micro-chipped but left before anyone could call police. Wednesday night, the family said they’re just happy to have him back.

“It took him some time to adjust a little bit but then he went back to being his same old ways,’ Lanette said. “…laying on his bed and he pretty much slept all of today, so I don’t think he was getting much sleep in that vehicle.”

APD says Young could be charged with larceny and tampering with evidence in the case. 

Detectives sealed the SUV and are waiting for a search warrant. 

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