It seems there is more to this story than first reported.
Two women impersonated Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty officers to steal a dog from the owner, Cesar Aguilar, with the threat that they could have him deported.
Good news: Aguilar and his little 2-year-old Poodle mix, Fannie, have been reunited. One of the women, Jenny Smiley, 51, was arrested and is out on bail while the other remains at large.
Her identity is known by animal activists in the area. It seems that the motivation is that they believed they were rescuing the dog from neglect.
An animal activist in the area has spoken to the suspect who is still at large and said that she did this out of “genuine concern for the well-being of this animal.”
However Detective Janell Scharback said that the Los Angeles Police Department has investigated Aquilar and his dog after a report from a neighbor and found no signs the dog was abused or neglected.
Whether the dog was abused or not, there is no excuse for taking the law into their own hands. The women face serious felony charges, including burglary, theft, extortion, theft by trickery and impersonating a police officer. An interesting case that will no doubt end in court.