NEW YORK - Police in Suffolk County are investigating after dognappers stole seven French Bulldogs from a home early Sunday morning.
According to authorities, an unknown suspect or suspects broke into a home on Concord Road in Shirley at around 3:15 a.m. and two six-month-old French Bulldogs and five one-month-old French Bulldog puppies.
The dog's owner, who was sleeping in another room, was not woken up during the burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Dog thefts have been on the rise nationally, increasing by 33% since last year.
French Bulldogs, the second-most popular dog breed in America, have become major targets for dognappers. Experts say that the dogs can fetch between $5,000 and $10,000.
In 2021, singer and actress, Lady Gaga's dog walker was robbed of two of her French Bulldogs.
The Los Angeles Police Department believed the motive behind the robbery was the value of the dogs rather than her fame.