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Paco the Chihuahua Chases Away 2 Armed Robbers in LA

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on July 20, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A heroic Chihuahua chased robbers who had entered into the Ace Smoke Shop in Altadena, California. Paco the Chihuahua is only 15 pounds, which means that his bark is probably worse than his bite.

But, the robbers don't know that.

The two robbers broke into the Altadena store earlier in July, armed with shotguns. They demanded some cash. That's when Paco rushed in, reports LA Weekly.

Unfortunately, while Paco's yelping and barking were enough to probably annoy the two would-be robbers, the two still managed to make it away with some of the cash in the backpack, reports LA Weekly.

The video was released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office in the hopes that the public can assist in identifying the two suspects.

In fact, watching the video is probably the best summation of the events:

As seen above, at one point, the robbers pointed their shotgun at the little dog, but they didn't pull the trigger. Perhaps "adorableness" was on Paco's side, as even criminals seem to have a difficult harming a cute pooch.

Paco was originally a rescue dog, and is owned by the shop's owner, Eric Knight, who wasn't present during the time of the robbery, reports Time.

No injuries were sustained during the robbery. However, the two suspects, if caught, can likely be charged with robbery. Robbery requires that the two use force or fear in the process of taking someone else's property. Waving a shotgun around and demanding money from a cashier certainly seems to constitute a lot of force and fear.

Though it seems that not even a shotgun could make Paco the Chihuahua afraid. A brave little Chihuahua who chased robbers (and wasn't afraid of a gun), Paco is a shining example to guard dogs - and dogs - everywhere.

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