A Chicago woman was injured when her French bulldog was stolen at gunpoint

CHICAGO — A woman is searching for her French bulldog after it was stolen at gunpoint while she was out for a walk Wednesday night on Chicago’s northwest side.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. in the 5800 block of West Giddings Street.

Alicia Perchala was walking her six-year-old French bulldog, Peppa, when she was attacked with a weapon, injured and Peppa was taken away.

“Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, I just passed two houses, he was standing behind me, like pushing, it was instant,” Alicia said. “Give me the dog,” somebody pushed me and I felt a gun, a pain in my chest.’

She said the man grabbed her dog and when she tried to help Pepe, he put a gun to her head.

“I wanted to help her and then he put the gun to my forehead and immediately hit me in the right shoulder,” she said.


Alicia said she adopted Peppa just two months ago from a family.

“I adopted her two months ago,” Alicia said. “The owners wanted to put her down.”

Peppa really began to enjoy life and walks, Alicia said. She didn’t do that when she first adopted Peppa.

Alicia suffered a concussion, several cuts and bruises, and a rotator cuff injury.

She said she started screaming for help and is grateful to passers-by and police officers who quickly came to her aid.

“We’re just thankful that the police showed up very quickly, the passers-by who called for help and helped her,” Alicia said.

Alicia and her daughter Angelica have taken to social media and are hoping that someone can help bring Peppa home safely.

“We just wish Peppa would come home,” Angelica said. “We posted on social media to get the word out, so hopefully someone will bring it home.”

Chicago police said no arrests have been made and detectives are continuing to investigate.

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