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Despite arrest, stolen dog still missing

grazio(Update: Grazio has been found and returned to his owner. Fox News reports she received a call from a man in Catonsville who had the dog. “I can’t give specific details … but I thank him,” the dog’s owner said.)

Police have arrested a suspect in the heist of a Baltimore woman’s $4,000 puppy.

Catherine Bergholz, who described her nine-week-old puppy, Grazio, as a show dog, told police the dog was taken on Thursday.

“Can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I’m already up to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day,” Bergholz told WJZ-TV. “Just to think that someone would do this to me is horrible. That was not just a dog; that was my baby.”

Grazio is an American Bully, a breed established in the 1990s and not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The breed was created by crossing American Staffordshire terriers with American pit bull terriers.

While Bergholz was gone from her Curtis Bay home last Thursday, a man opened her door, grabbed the puppy and ran to his car, a witness told police. A nearby security camera took pictures of that car and police soon arrested Ronald Johnson. Johnson has told police he doesn’t know where Grazio is.

The owner is offering a reward for the safe return of the dog. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


Comment from Anonymous
Time April 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

what? this woman spent 4k for a pit bull mix? How could she not know there are thousands of these dogs killed every year because they don’t have homes? Shelters are desperate to give them away for free. Her poor dog is probably in a basement somewhere being prepped for fighting.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time April 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I am very sad for anyone who loses a pet, no matter how it occurred. But I could have done WITHOUT the supposed $4000 tag in this story. Yeah, and my beloved mutts are worth — what? — a hundred thou each? More? Everything that I own? You bet! The fact that we still attach huge amounts of money to “certain breed” ownership is offensive, outdated and clearly irrelevant to the human-canine relationship.