Two Dogs Snatched From Elmwood Village

January 7, 2012 Updated Jan 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

January 7, 2012 Updated Jan 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM EDT

(BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo Police are now searching for four suspects and two dogs after they were taken from Norwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village while out for a walk.

According to police, the incident happened just after 10:00 p.m. on January 4, when the woman who was dog-sitting the two Boston Terriers was taking them for a walk.

The woman claims a group men wearing dark cloths and bandannas over their faces started to approach her from two sides. Feeling threatened, she dropped the dogs' leashes and ran away, however the suspects picked up the two dogs and drove off.

Police describe the suspects simply as black males and they were seen driving away in a light gray Chevy Impala. The license plate contained an "E", "F" and the number "9".

The two Boston Terriers, named Gabby and Gilly, were shelter rescues, and owners Jordie Kindervater and Sarah Slusak were away in Mexico celebrating their engagement when the dogs were taken.

"They make us laugh everyday," said Kindervater of his pets. "It's definitely a tough situation but we're going to remain optimistic that we can get them back."

A $1000 reward has been offered for the safe return of Gilly and Gabby, and a Facebook page titled, "Help Find Gilly and Gabby" has been set-up. On that page are pictures of the two dogs and comments from witnesses who were nearby when the dog-napping happened.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Confidential Tip Line at (716) 847-2255.