West Seattle crime watch: Dognapping attempt

Out of the inbox, from Robyn, who wanted to share a warning for other dog owners:

I went to the Alki bonfire/Christmas ships event Saturday night, December 8. I’m a long-time Alki resident and have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who are family members and function as service dogs. For 9 years my dogs have greeted visitors to Alki from all over the world, spreading peace and love and community. On Saturday night a woman greeted my dogs, and then came back under cover of the music and tried to steal my eldest dog. My dogs were leashed and standing quietly beside me. This woman, who smelled of alcohol, first grabbed my dog’s leash and demanded I give her my dog, then grabbed the leash with both hands and started yanking. I was with a friend, who helped me protect both my dogs and fend off the thief. A warning to West Seattleites—all small dogs need to be protected, even when they are right beside you. Do not leave small dogs and children unprotected for even a minute. Do not tie your small dogs up at coffee shops or grocery stores, particularly gregarious breeds like Cavaliers! Alki residents—be vigilant, wacko criminals are everywhere!

Robin’s note to WSB also expressed concern that she didn’t see any police at the event; she acknowledges that friends have since urged her to report what happened, and we would echo that for everyone who experiences a crime or attempted crime – be sure to call 911 — even if you don’t think something can be done about it, or if you are sure the culprit(s) are long gone, police need to have a record to track what’s happening in the community, to assign resources and follow trends.

11 Replies to "West Seattle crime watch: Dognapping attempt"

  • Vanessa December 11, 2007 (8:02 pm)

    All of this truth hurts, but I know we must be vigilant. Be aware and stay tuned…….

  • dunsany December 11, 2007 (8:04 pm)

    Taser early and taser often. That’s my motto.

  • Why ask why? December 11, 2007 (11:18 pm)

    Glad they didn’t get away with it… If this happens to anyone else, Yell LOUD, and yell out specifically what they were trying to do. I still regret when some old geezer tried to feel me up on the bus. All I did was squeal and change seats, while everyone looked at me like I was the crazy one. No one tried to help me including the bus driver. I should have yelled, what the heck ya doing ya crazy pervert, etc, etc!!! The “normal” people around you are your best defense.

  • TeaLady December 12, 2007 (7:48 am)

    Let that nut try and touch my little cocker spaniel…Buddy will rip their arms off.

  • ESEW December 12, 2007 (8:44 am)

    My favorite part of this letter is:

    Do not leave small dogs and children unprotected for even a minute.”

    I’m reading this as, keep a close eye on the dogs, oh and yeah, watch out for your kids too, you know, as an aside.

    More explanation on why the number of pet stores in West Seattle exceeds the number of good schools.

  • Reed December 12, 2007 (10:19 am)

    Just another good reason to have dogs, not kids. Kids will only be ruined by the lousy schools.

  • OP December 12, 2007 (12:23 pm)

    Solution for small dog owners: Get a bigger dog to protect the smaller dog. Preferably one that bites.

    Oh, and next time? Don’t grab the leash back, punch the thief as hard and as often as you can.

  • Dis December 12, 2007 (8:24 pm)

    dogs don’t have to go to college, so there’s the cost savings.

  • Dis December 12, 2007 (8:29 pm)

    where’s “BB errr bookie 4 now”? What are the odds on number of posts until child people decry the dog-to-human-child comparisons?

  • Chris December 12, 2007 (9:56 pm)

    wow dis, i didn’t realize you were hatched. if you weren’t, it was a good thing yer parents were child people.

  • Pelicans December 16, 2007 (2:13 pm)

    Wow, guys. To get back on track here, some of us who’ve never had kids can still think about them and want them protected, too. So, mentioning them when her dogs were almost stolen by some crazy shows her compassion for the rest of us. Geez, get a clue.

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