Woman assaulted at gunpoint as three masked thieves steal puppy

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A woman said she was assaulted at gunpoint by masked men who stole her puppy while she was on a walk.

Sarah Vorhaus from San Francisco is offering a US$2000 (A$2670) reward for the return of her five-month-old French bulldog, Chloe, after three men attacked her and drove away with the dog.

The 30-year-old woman said she was walking Chloe around 6pm on Tuesday (local time) when she heard a man from behind her say, “give me your dog!”.

Chloe the French bulldog puppy (left) was stolen after her owner (right) was punched in the face by masked men
Sarah Vorhaus (right) is desperate to get her puppy Chloe (left) back after she was taken by three masked men.Source: ABC7

When she turned around Ms Vorhaus said she was punched in the face several times by a man holding a gun.

"I just started screaming for help,” she told ABC7, still shaken from the incident.

Ms Vorhaus said the man then grabbed her puppy and got into a car with three other men and drove off.

The distraught pet owner said there were several people in the area at the time of the attack and one of them called an ambulance. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ms Vorhaus is now recovering but is desperate to get her pet back and told ABC7 she doesn’t care about the thief, she just wants her beloved dog back.

"No questions asked, we will pay truly anything, no questions asked, I don't even care what happens to this guy. I just want to get Chloe back,” Ms Vorhaus said through tears via video chat.

San Francisco police confirmed to ABC7 that they were investigating reports of a robbery and Ms Vorhaus had suffered non life-threatening injuries in the attack.

She said the man with the gun who punched her appeared to be in his 20s or 30s and was wearing a hoodie, while all the men were wearing masks.

The dog owner said she has had Chloe since October but the puppy had yet to be microchipped because she was advised by vets to wait until the dog had been desexed.

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