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Oliver Safely Returned After Dog-Knapping

September 9, 2013

Last Friday night Greenpoint couple Allie Caran and Zach Botham returned home later than expected after spending the evening shopping for a gift for Oliver’s birthday. To their extreme dismay the object of their affection, a French bulldog, could not receive his gifts because he was gone! Not only were many inanimate possessions belonging to the couple missing, but their beloved dog had been snatched as well.

Allie and Zach contacted the police, who were more helpful than the couple had expected:

“The NYPD, for the first time in my life, came through in some incredible ways,” Caran said. “They treated the incident with the same severity that I felt it.”

Friends of the couple quickly turned to social media to help them locate Oliver. Dog lovers everywhere received the following tweet on Twitter: “#HelpFindOliver” began to swarm the internet.

“The response was amazing,” said Caran, employed at Toby’s Estate coffee shop. “Every coffee shop in New York was posting about it.”

There were also real-world efforts made to locate the dog. Caran and Allie posted flyers all over the neighborhood and beyond, in the hopes of tracking down Oliver.

On Sunday night they were finally rewarded for all their efforts. The police had found Oliver and the 22-year-old man who had absconded with him and their other belongings. The police would not reveal how they found the pup and the thief, but they are still in search of two accomplices who will most likely face burglary and grand larceny charges connected to the theft and break-in.

As for Oliver, he seems fine but maybe a bit skittish after the ordeal.

“He’s jumpy now. He sees people he doesn’t know and he freaks out a little bit,” Botham said.

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