Crime Watch reader report: Did thugs make off with pugs?


Got this late last night and added it to the WSB Pets page – but because of the unusual circumstances, we wanted to post it here on the main page too:

My parents’ house was broken into (Monday). They went through my mom’s jewelry box, but didn’t take anything. The only thing missing are their two pugs. Both are brown. One is male and the other female. The female is 4 years old and fifteen pounds. Her name is Pippen. The male is 6 years old and 23 pounds. He is completely blind. His name is Bandit. My parents live on 98th and 37th (near the corner of 35th and Roxbury). They are both microchipped, so if anybody sees a lost pug please take it to a vet. If found, please call Greg at 206-829-9360.

The photos above show Pippen at left, Bandit at right.

17 Replies to "Crime Watch reader report: Did thugs make off with pugs?"

  • roguedelux August 19, 2008 (1:14 pm)

    I live right by there and will keep my eyes open. So sorry to hear about stolen pets – that is the worst kind of thievery!

  • marianne August 19, 2008 (1:15 pm)

    Greg, So So sorry to hear about this. Whether those thugs took them on purpose or just left a door open and they got out, innocent animals have been put at risk because of their selfish, reckless, criminal behavoir. I hope the Karma cops take note and cause incredible misery to fall on on whoever did this.

  • dj August 19, 2008 (2:13 pm)

    We live close by and will alert our neighbors. Let’s hope they’re found soon, and that if they were let out, that they didn’t wander near Fauntleroy Park, as it’s infested with coyotes

  • d-san August 19, 2008 (2:17 pm)

    Are you kidding me? This is ABSURD! Stealing pets now? I hope those pugs are found safe and sound. I hope those criminals are found and given the beat down of a lifetime.

  • lina rose August 19, 2008 (2:30 pm)

    i live right near there too and will definately keep an eye out!

  • Irukandji August 19, 2008 (2:31 pm)

    Please contact Seattle Pug Rescue to let them know, too.

  • deb August 19, 2008 (3:07 pm)

    I will keep my eyes peeled for these sweet guys. Why would someone do this???? (Please don’t answer that question. I truly don’t want to know.) My heart goes out to Greg, his parents, and of course the pups.

  • diane August 19, 2008 (3:15 pm)

    I was so sorry to read your story. I have a pug and can’t imagine. I will keep my eyes open. How mean of these bad, bad people.

  • WSB August 19, 2008 (3:27 pm)

    We just saw a flyer up at Tony’s so these folks are obviously doing lots to get the word out … We’ve had several pet/owner reunions from pet-page postings in the past week or so; here’s hoping this one will turn out that way (despite the extra-painful circumstances of the break-in).

  • ellenater August 19, 2008 (4:31 pm)

    my puggle has her paws over her eyes and says to tell you she will use her beagle nose to find your buddies. So sad. :(

  • WSB August 19, 2008 (5:22 pm)

    This one was my vote for today’s “most likely to get picked up by citywide media” post, and indeed:

  • Elikapeka August 19, 2008 (8:23 pm)

    I hope they’re both found safe and sound. That is a terrible thing to happen.

  • GenHillOne August 19, 2008 (9:00 pm)

    We are, at some point, looking to get a pug. Since we’d rather adopt, I often peruse the various listings, so will keep these guys in mind. Contacting Seattle Pug Rescue is a good idea and it might even be helpful to send this link to more area rescues on Given that the case is getting more attention, the culprits might be spooked out of trying to sell them for money. I don’t know that the smaller groups would have the ability to scan for chips, but most of them have email, so they might make the effort to do so if they are suspicious. Here’s hoping for a happy ending!

  • Cammie August 19, 2008 (10:33 pm)

    This is horrible! I pray that Pippen and Bandit are found safe and sound soon! I have four pugs myself (all seniors and 2 with special needs).

    There are many things I have learned about finding lost pets. One woman I helped lost her dog after she jumped out of an open window while at the groomers. She was lost for FIVE MONTHS but then she was found!! Go to both Seattle Animal Shelter and King County Animal Shelter in Kent at least EVERY THREE DAYS! They must be held for three days, so checking in person is VERY crucial (it is NOT reliable to just call, the shelters are understaffed so the person on the phone might not know they are there!) Also, post fliers further and wider than you might think necessary. There are groups that can help with spreading the word. (I will contact one tonight). Post fliers at Westwood Village, at the QFC, and at PetPros, at all the West Seattle pet stores (Pet Elements, Mud Bay, Next to Nature), and on the bulletin boards at the off-leash park at Westcrest off of 5th and Cloverdale.

    Please keep us posted on Pippen and Bandit!

    Sending love and prayers,

  • andrea August 20, 2008 (11:22 am)

    i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your pugs to these horrible burglars. to lose one of my 3 dogs would be devastating, but to lose all of them in an instant is unconcsionable. my thoughts are with you and with your dogs, and I will keep my eyes peeled for any wayward pugs.

  • Andrew August 20, 2008 (11:55 am)

    May God bless you and ease your heart. I also have three dogs and I would devastated to lose them in such a way. Good luck to you.

  • Lori August 20, 2008 (7:25 pm)

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying all day for the safe return of your precious pug babies. I have 2 pugs as well and would be devastated if anything like this happened. The people that have taken your dogs are the lowest form of human life. I hope they are found and prosecuted!

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