Just a few weeks ago, Sophie and Max Troper of New York City hired a popular dog walking service for Benny, their Shih Tzu-York mix. But then, the unthinkable happened. Benny went missing. Poof. Without a trace. Fortunately, there was only one suspect. Only one person who had access to their apartment. But let this serve as a warning to all of us. Before you decide to leave your cherished pup with anyone, you may want to think twice.
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BENNY WAS RECOVERED BY NYPD AT A WAG WALKERS HOME. THE SUSPECT WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND RELEASED PENDING NEXT COURT DATE. INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. WE CANNOT COMMENT PUBLICLY ON THE CASE. WHAT WE CAN SAY IS THAT SOME VERY INTERESTING THINGS ARE BEING LEARNED AND WE WILL SHARE AS SOON AS WE CAN. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information!!!!! . A post shared by Benny (@bennytheshorkie) on
Who Took Benny?
Benny the “Shorkie” has quite the social media following. More than 6500 follow this beloved New York City pup on Instagram. That following helped quickly spread his story.
In early June, Benny went missing from his Battery Park home. His humans, Sophie and Max, suspected a Wag! dog walker from the app they used to take Benny out. Only dog walkers had a key to access to the apartment. The kidnapper was supposedly vetted by Wag!, a company the dog lovers thought they could trust. Thankfully, New York’s finest made quick work of this case, but what if…
The police investigation turned up similar results. They arrested the Wag! dog walker, Christian Madriaga, on burglary charges.
First Precinct Pet Detectives were on the case! @NYPDDetectives Kaufmann apprehended the perpetrator wanted for the theft of #FindBenny and 🐶 was reunited with owners in the First Precinct! 👏👏 #NYPDcares pic.twitter.com/apTOeG20GR
— NYPD 1st Precinct (@NYPD1Pct) June 14, 2019
Benny Goes Home
During the search for the dog, Wag! offered their full support. In a statement, Wag! said they hired a private investigator who worked with Benny’s parents and local law enforcement during this investigation. Also, they provided a monetary reward for the safe return of Benny.
Eventually, authorities found Benny. Hooray! His parents took to social media to thank the NYPD for their help.
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We are so so so grateful to Detective Kaufman and the other officers from @nypd and @oliviamunn and everyone in the community for their help in bringing our angel home!!!!! Benny was found at the residence of a wag walker and was rescued by an amazing detective from Precinct 1 NYPD. The suspect is in custody.
We love a happy ending!
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