A Denver man is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of a puppy that was stolen from his vehicle this week.
According to a Reddit post from user U/Santaguinefort, Baloo, a 4-month-old Akita-Cane Corso mix, was stolen from his owner’s vehicle on Tuesday at about 9:00 PM. The vehicle was parked outside of a friend’s house and unattended when the theft occurred in Denver’s “5 points area” – between 28th and Welton Street. One door of the vehicle could be opened due to a malfunctioning lock.
After following up with the owner, he said the car was unattended for no more than 15 minutes. The owner also said he spent more than four hours searching the area for the missing puppy and later filed an official theft report, which was confirmed by the Denver Police Department. An older dog was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident and was not taken.
Baloo’s owner obtained him in January. The dog weighs in at about 30 pounds. His coat is described as blue with a grey undercoat and blonde brindle on top with a “french manicure,” meaning white toes on all paws.
Anyone who has any information regarding Baloo is urged to call or text the number in the original post found here.
Most sources indicate that a dog is put at risk in a locked car if temperatures outside exceed 70 degrees, though dangerous in-car temperatures can also be reached if the outdoor temperature is below this threshold. In Denver, leaving an animal in a hot car can result in a summons for animal cruelty, which can result in a fine and/or jail time. Given likely temperatures during the date of this incident, it is unlikely this law would have applied.