HONOLULU (KHNL) - Two men are in custody for auto theft and theft of a purebred dog. Police arrested 40 year old Baophuc Nguyen and 62 year old Arnold Hirahara Saturday night at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
The suspects were caught after a friend of the car owner recognized the car and called 911. Police found a silky terrier in the car. The pooch is estimated at more than $1800.
All this happened on the same weekend as a big dog show at the Neal Blaisdell Center. While more than 400 dogs vied for top dog, one of those expensive show dogs went missing. "I wish they would put the amber alert out, it's like our kids", said dog owner Michael Goldstein.
Dog owners say it would be heartbreaking to lose a dog. "It's like a part of my family, it's like one of my children, when something like that happens, or whoever it happened to, you feel for them" said Nikki Char. "Just last month there was a case in Illinois where two dogs were in a car and the car was stolen and they took it out and burned the car with the dogs inside of it how horrible is that?" said Pam Lambie.
It's a crime that hits too close to home for dog owners. "First of all if you're driving with your dog in the car you never leave your dog alone at any given time no matter if the weather is cool or not, they should not be left in the car alone", said Craig Garcia.