A Texas FedEx driver was caught on video, allegedly stealing two small puppies from in front of a home on Wednesday. The driver parked his FedEx delivery truck in a cul-de-sac in front of an east Harris County home, spotted the pair of French bulldogs running about, and went to great efforts to pick them up and put them in the vehicle. He never did deliver any packages, says ABC News on Jan. 9.
But though the media is vilifying this driver, in part because the family is convinced he is a dognapper, he claims he was just trying to help the pups. Full security video of the suspected theft, posted by the dog’s owner and seen here, shows the driver getting out of his vehicle at the 1:47 mark and walking over to a home. The puppies, named “Bruno” and “Sheila,” run down the driveway to meet him.
The unnamed driver stoops down to greet them, lures them back near the door of the truck and scoops up Sheila, then takes Bruno. While he is loading up Bruno, Sheila escapes and the driver goes after her. When both animals are in his truck, he drives off at the end of the video. No packages were delivered or picked up.
The dogs belong to Armando and Erica Correa. Erica called the driver a “monster,” and said: “Once we saw them on the video we were like, ‘I can’t believe it.’ We are supposed to trust these people to deliver packages and they are stealing our dogs.” The Correa’s said the dogs escaped from their backyard. The caption on Erica’s YouTube video reads: “Here is a video of a FedEx employee snatching my dogs from in front of my house and even walking up to my porch to grab my other baby, then puts them in his truck and drives away.”
The FedEx driver has since been suspended, and the company is investigating. They released a statement, saying: “FedEx Ground takes these allegations very seriously. We are cooperating fully with all investigating authorities but have no other information to share at this time.”
As for Bruno and Sheila, they are back home. KHOU.com out of Houston says that the dogs were found wandering the street not far from where they were taken, and were brought to the Kirkwood Veterinary Clinic on Thursday. It appears either they escaped from the driver, or were let go. Staff at the clinic recognized the two dogs – who did not have any identification on them – from news reports.
“And so we called and said we think we have the dogs here,” said veterinarian Dr. John Gregory. “They were in great condition, they look happy, healthy, very playful. They’re just good little pups.”
Says Armando: “We feel like our family is complete again, really, because we couldn’t go another night without these two… Pretty sure we’re all going to sleep in the same bed tonight.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think this FedEx driver was caught in a puppy snatch and grab? Or was he just attempting to be helpful? Sound off below.