PHOTO: Tipsy, stolen dog, January 2022

Police are still holding out hope as they have now turned to the public for help.

On Saturday, January 16, 2022, just before 9:30pm, police in Apple Valley responded to a home on Otoe Road for a report of a stolen puppy.

"Tipsy" is a six-month-old female American Bulldog, is chocolate, tan and white. She was taken from her backyard on January 15, 2022 just before midnight.  

There has been a rise in dog theft in the country as of late. A spike in puppy theft became more common during the pandemic. The American Kennel Club estimates about 2 million dogs are stolen every year.  

American Bulldogs can sell for as much as $3000.00 in some instances. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Dominguez at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.