Boy shoved to the ground and his dog stolen

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MEMPHIS, Tenn ( – A Tennessee family is missing their American Bulldog after it was stolen Sunday. 

According to investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the animal was taken after a man jumped out of a vehicle and pushed a 12-year-old boy to the ground.

“He was just walking his dog,” said Lt. Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. “The suspect could be looking at assault for what he did. Luckily the child wasn’t hurt.”

Lt. Buckner said the American Bulldog was taken as the boy was walking her in the 7600 block of Hedgington Driver.

The dog is described all white with a black diamond patch near her left eye.

“The dog is a unique breed,” said John Black. “I bought it for my son to give him more responsibility. We’ve only had her about a month. She’s white, and she has a diamond patch on her face, it’s blue. It’s a very distinctive mark so if anybody sees the dog they’ll know that’s her.”

Because of the marking, the family named the American Bulldog Diamond.

Monday, the Black family made a plea to get her back.

“There are posts all over social media,” said John Black. “Just take the dog somewhere or take it to the Sheriff’s Office and they’ll drop the dog off. We’ll hash out the other stuff later.”

“I just want my dog back,” said John’s son.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as either a grey or dark-colored PT Cruiser. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Shelby County detectives at 901-222-5600 or dispatchers at 901-379-7625.

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