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Attempted dog-napping has residents on edge

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A local neighborhood is warning folks about an attempted dog napping. A woman says someone tried to steal her dog in broad daylight. It happened in the 2100 block of Talbot.

"To think someone would come on your own property and take a dog...Dogs aren't even safe now," says the pet's owner.

She doesn't want to show her face, but you can hear the fear in her voice. She says Saturday around 7:30 pm someone tried to steal her Pomeranian Maltese named Spike. The dog was on his leash in the front yard when she heard him barking

"So I come running down, and a black man had him. He was taking him off his leash and had him in his arm and was taking him to his car," she says.

She claims she screamed at the suspect.

"He dropped the dog real quick and jumped into a white pickup truck and took off down the street," she says. 
     
 She says she was crying hysterically. Spike used to belong to her sister.

"My sister passed away in January, and I've been taking care of him," she says.

Toledo Police say they have not received any recent reports about stolen dogs or attempted dog-nappings. The Lucas County Canine Care & Control Center says they've heard rumors that people are worried about pet theft. Dog Warden Julie Lyle says make sure your dog has a collar and tags.

"Make sure you dog is wearing a license so if we did pick it up we can bring it right back home. It also proves ownership in the state of ohio so if you find your dog is down the street at someone else's house. They way you can prove the dog is actually yours is a license and microchip," she says.

 Lyle says, if you think your dog was stolen or someone attempted to grab, it call the police and file a report.   

"Dogs are considered property in the state of ohio just like if someone was trying to steal your car they can't try to steal your dog either," she says.

Spike's owner admits she didn't report the crime. She called her block watch leader instead, and now they're warning pet owners in the neighborhood.

"Don't let your dog out with you being out there with them Even on a leash they are not safe. You see all my neighbors stay right out there with their dogs now," says the owner.

Officers say, if you want the police department to investigate these crimes, you have to report them.
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