An East Bay SPCA volunteer was taking one of the shelter dogs for a walk Sunday morning in Oakland when a man walked up, snatched the dog and drove off.
The volunteer was walking the pup along the SPCA play yard and parking lot when a man who had been parked there approached the pair and asked a few questions about the dog, a black and white put bull mix with a tan harness named Daisymae.
When the volunteer began to walk away, the man then threw Daisymae into his car and sped off with her.
Daisymae was scheduled to have surgery this week to remove a mass. She has several distinctive markings, including black coloring on her snout, ears and "goatee," according to SPCA staff members.
They also say she has a mark in the shape of a "one-shouldered evening gown" that extends from her throat past her nose to the top of her head. The pup has four white feet, with the white on her left foot extending to 1/3 of her leg.
The man who stole her was driving a brownish gray sedan. The volunteer described him as being a tall, bearded African American in his 30s wearing a blue shirt and blue and white track pants.
"We're worried for this dog's safety and would appreciate any tips if anyone has seen Daisymae," said East Bay SPCA president Allison Lindquist.
If you've seen the pup, the SPCA asks that you call 510-563-4603.