Robber Kills Dog After Taking Cash From Woman

The incident began when a woman pulls over to look for her cell phone

A dog owner watched in horror Friday night as a person who robbed her not only took her money, but also her beloved dog.

San Francisco police said a woman was driving on Leavenworth Street around 5 p.m. Friday when she pulled over to look for her cell phone that had fallen under her car seat.  

They said a robber walked up to her car and demanded money.

The woman said even though she handed over cash, the suspect grabbed her wallet and her barking dog from inside the car and slammed the animal to the ground.  He then ran away.

 The dog, a Pekingese named Roxie,  was taken to the vet, but had to be put down. The dog's owner who did not want to be identified said she looked into Roxie's eyes and said "I'm sorry," and she told the dog she loved her.

One person who saw the incident called it a horrendous and callous crime. Michael Colbruno said the robber lifted the dog over his head yelling, "I'm gonna kill your dog." Colbruno said the robber then slammed the dog to the pavement in front of a moving car. 

Police did not have any suspects in the case. 

The only description of the robber is that is was a black man in his 30s.

Anyone who witnessed the robbery is asked to call police at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

People who witnessed the incident told NBC Bay Area they are personally offering a $1,000 reward in the case.

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