ECHO PARK — Police are warning area pet owners of a scam being operated by two women who were able to steal one dog by posing as officers with the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force.
The owner of a dog in the 1000 block of Waterloo Street lost the pet last week as a result of the scam, according to an alert distributed by the Rampart Division. The suspects are described as an approximately 35-year-old female Latina and an approximately 35-year-old white female. Both women are about 5-feet high and weigh about 130 to 140 pounds.
Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division explained how the Echo Park dog owner lost his pet:
The two suspects told the victim there were multiple neighborhood complaints of the dog being unfed and not being given water. They were there to seize the dog and check it for abuse or neglect. The suspects then presented an actual [LAPD Animal Cruel Task Force ] flyer as substantiation. The victim surrendered the dog to them, and he has not seen it or the suspects.
Buhrmester said police are trying to find out if other pet owners have fallen victim to the same scam.
Anyone with information about the suspects are asked to contact Rampart Division burglary detectives at (213) 484-3490.