Her neighbors gave the dogs to a man who claimed to be the rightful owner. Here’s how the police recovered the puppies.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A dog mother in Cobb County is rejoicing after police found her two stolen dogs after the thief set up an Instagram page to collect the reward money.
When JC Banks came home from work on Monday, her two French bulldogs were missing. Somehow they had escaped from his garden.
“We just ran frantically, across the street, around the neighborhoods. And people were telling us, the neighbors have your dog,” she said.
His neighbors had terrible news; they had given him two dogs, Duke and Egypt, to a man who claimed to be their rightful owner.
“I really never thought I would see them again because it went from a lost dog to a stolen dog,” she said.
A week passed and Banks didn’t know if she would ever see her 4-legged children again. that’s when an internet sleuth spotted them online.
The man who took them created a fake Instagram page for his dog Egypt; others saw the message and demanded that he return them to Banks.
He then claimed he found the dogs to make him pay the $5,000 reward posted online.
“At that point, we went from frantic to just mad parents! she says. “So by any means necessary, legally, we were getting our dog back.”
Banks called the police and they arranged a meeting at a Chick-fil-A with the man she suspected of stealing her dogs.
She had to show the man the reward money on Facetime before he accepted the meeting, but 10 minutes later the man and his dogs arrived in the parking lot.
“The Cobb County Police Department was on top of that!” she says. “They didn’t look at them like pets, they treated them like they were missing. They said we had 48 hours, just like what you see, we have 48 hours.”
Cobb police arrested the man at the scene and Banks took his babies home.
“What was so funny, we dropped all the money everywhere! We weren’t worried, we just wanted the dog! Then we thought about it, like, we should get this,” a- she said.
Now at home, Banks said the police department has inquired about her and the puppies since the ordeal. She said Egypt was still a shaken listen, but Sir Duke Tennessee Banks handled it like a champ.
“It’s just a reminder of how stories can have a good ending if we do the right thing and have faith,” she said. “And they’re home right now, they’re home.”