Shop owner foils dognapping bid

KLANG - An attempt to abduct an expensive Maltese dog from a pet grooming outlet here failed after the shop's owner gave chase and rescued the pet.

According to store staff Ang Yi Ching, 19, the suspect was talking to himself and did not seem to be in the right frame of mind when the latter entered the store at about 7.30pm on Wednesday.

"I was scared so I went to the back of the store to inform my boss, who was grooming another dog at that time," she said.

She said her boss took less than five seconds to come out to the front of the shop, but by then, the man had the 11-year-old dog and took off on his motorcycle.

"My boss then gave chase on foot," she said, adding that the suspect panicked and freed the dog before escaping.

Ang said the owner of the dog had bought it for RM8,000, adding that a Maltese puppy would cost not less than RM2,000.

A Maltese is a small breed dog, with an adult ranging between 2.3kg to 5kg.

Ang said he had lodged a police report.