$7K Reward Offered To Find Missing French Bulldog Melo
SANTA MONICA, CA — The owner of Melo, a French bulldog who went missing from Santa Monica, and was last possibly seen in Venice, is now offering a $7,000 reward for his safe return — no questions asked.
Melo went missing seven months ago in a Santa Monica apartment parking garage. His owner, Yuki, set him down on the ground while getting something from her car trunk and when she looked back Melo was gone. An apartment security camera showed Melo leaving the apartment through the garage gate.
French bulldogs like Melo — the same breed as Lady Gaga’s dogs that were stolen in February in a heist that left her dogwalker shot — are very popular. Dog thefts are also surprisingly common in Los Angeles. But unlike the arrests last week in the Gaga dog thefts, Melo’s owner is not looking for anyone to get in trouble. And she fears that could be why people who have him have not returned him.
His owner has spoken to local law enforcement, news outlets, tried creating flyers, social media posts, and even has a team of local volunteers and friends who have searched the area. She’s spent months talking to people along the boardwalk, trying to get a sense of who might have her dog. She is now pregnant, expecting a baby in weeks to come, and just wants Melo back.
“I’m six months pregnant,” his owner told Patch. “I found out right after I lost him, like a week after or something, and I wasn’t seeping eating, and I was so tired.”
She misses her dog and wants him home. She’s even been hospitalized.
“I thought I was going to lose the baby,” she said. “It was so hard. I would have breakdowns, sometimes it’s a big one so I can’t do anything for three days. I would cry every day, like every day like 10 times a day.”
People tell her to get another dog, but that’s not how it works. Melo is her baby, her family. People have even tried to scam her.
“They’ll call and say ‘I have your dog in Fresno, send me a deposit,'” she said. “Some people say, ‘Hey I found your dog.’ And I’ll say, ‘Oh really?’ And they’ll hang up.”
People have threatened her, called her an “Asian bitch,” and even threatened to rape her. Someone followed her, took photos of her car, and vandalized her car at her apartment.
She’s still paying for pet insurance and has hopes Melo will someday come home. But now, she is concerned that the person who has Melo would be hesitant to return him because of what happened to Lady Gaga’s case.
“I have no intention of putting anyone in trouble,” she said. “All I want is to have Melo back, and nothing else matters. They can just have the $7,000 and simply return my dog back. I do not care about anything else but to have him back. He’s my baby.”
“I think many people are starting to forget about Melo,” she said.
But she’s still looking. She doesn’t want to give up.
Melo has a white, star-shaped patch on his chest. He has severe allergies and a skin condition. He was last seen wearing a purple harness. The dog could now be microchipped under someone else’s name and address, his owner told Patch.