Video Captures Woman Stealing Dog From Front Porch In Prince George's County

UPDATE – Canela is back with her family! Prelim: someone recently dropped off the dog at a pet store on Donnell Drive. An employee contacted police. Investigation into theft continues. Thank you all for sharing this story.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. – The Westphalia Division VIII Investigative Section released a video of the suspect who stole a dog recently from outside of a District Heights home.

The dog is a five-year-old female Dachshund breed named Canela.

Video Captures Woman Stealing Dog From Front Porch In Prince George's County

This theft occurred on March 6, 2023, at approximately 5:35 am, in the 6200 block of Foster Street in the unincorporated section of District Heights.

In the video, the female suspect is seen coming onto the porch of the home and approaching the dog. She ultimately takes the dog.

A second suspect is believed to be involved in the theft.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information on Canela’s whereabouts, please call 301-516-5230 and refer to case number 23-0013648.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device. 

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  1. That type of behavior used to be addressed with a tall tree and a short rope.
    Animal rustlers were dealt with quick justice, unlike now, where this could result in an ankle monitor. Some dogs are considered part of the family by many, so this should be at least kidnapping.

  2. I agree! Our pets are our family members and we love them dearly. They should be treated as such in court cases like this and also abuse. What is wrong with the justice system? Letting violent criminals out a day after being arrested for stabbing someone, a slap on the wrist for killing someone’s pet and loved family member? Wondering why people retaliate?

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