Edina Man Offers $2,500 Reward For Dog Taken From Car

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Edina man is hoping the public can help find his missing dog.

“I’m offering a $2,500 reward for my little baby,” Kim Robson says.

He left 3-month-old Pepsi in the back seat of his car with the window cracked while he visited a friend at the Yorktown Continental Apartments in Edina. When he returned, the alarm was blaring and Pepsi was gone.

He got the German Shorthair just two weeks ago, and was devastated when she went missing.

A witness said he heard a dog whining, then a car alarm. When he looked out the window, he saw a woman holding the puppy.

Kim thinks the woman may have been worried about Pepsi, thinking she wasn’t safe in the back seat.

“I’m hoping that’s what it was,” he said. “I’m hoping somebody was concerned, instead of stealing her for whatever reason.”

Pepsi has a liver colored head and white speckled body, with a liver colored spot. If you see her, call Kim Robson at 952-926-2240 or Edina Police at 952-826-1610.

  • Reality

    It would really be sad if it was one of those crazy people who feel they need to police the world and be a hero. Really people mind your own business.

    • @ Reality

      Ill tell you what, if it was a baby I would have called the cops. If it was 90 degrees out, and the car was sitting in the sun, I would have taken the dog out too. if it was 90 degrees out and a baby was in the car, I would have smashed a window to get the kid out. Sometimes it is our job to police the world.

      I don’t think it had been warm out enough to justify stealing the dog in this case.

      • The other 99%

        Typical Lib got to be in everyone’s business. Also typical lib twisting the story so it fits there reason for there actions. It was not 90 degrees out, there was no baby in the car, no one was getting beat. Some Safety Sally’s came around and thought she would be a hero. If I was the person who had my dog stolen I would press whatever charges on the person necessary and hopefully that involves Felony Theft charges for stealing a valuable dog. I would like to see all these Safety Sally’s get charged with harassment and theft.

    • Really?

      Typical Minnesotan. So, you see someone beating the heck out of their spouse, your’re the one who turns around and “minds your own business”. Great plan.

      • Mark

        How do you get injecting spousal abuse into this article? Slightly different level don’t you think. Go get you head checked right after you give this poor guys dog back, hero.

  • He's the criminal

    Isn’t it illegal to leave your animals in cars? The “I left the windo open a crack” doesn’t fly. Hopefully the new dog owner is a better one than this clown. Take the $2500 and buy a clue buddy.

    • Joe's Mom

      My dog pouts all day if he doesn’t go on errands with me. Of course, common sense dictates if it’s too hot or too cold, you don’t leave the dog in the car. All I have to say is, “want to go for a ride”? My dog LOVES to go with me in the car.

      • jackactionhero

        Mine too. He sits on the console between the front seats and leans when we turn or stop. :)

        • desert eagle .50

          That’s because you don’t know how to drive. Where DID you learn to turn and stop that way?

          Please be specific.

    • Mark

      Hey Einstein, please show me in the law that states it is illegal to leave a dog in the car. I have three dogs that love going on errands with me. And leaving a crack in the window does fly as long as it’s not blazing heat in summer. Leaving the dog in the car just takes a little common sense. You should try it sometime. To try and blame the dog owner as the criminal indicates to me that your clue will cost infinitely more than $2500.

      • 1imaginarygirl

        It is illegal to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle if it endangers the animal. We don’t have all the information. How long was the owner gone? 20 minutes or 4 hours? It’s subjective as to what classifies endangerment, but in my opinion, a 3-month old puppy should never be left unattended in a vehicle. An adult dog, maybe, depending on the situation. A puppy, never, for any reason.


        Subdivision 1.Unattended dogs or cats.

        A person may not leave a dog or a cat unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the dog’s or cat’s health or safety.
        Subd. 2.Removal of dogs or cats.

        A peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, a humane agent, a dog warden, or a volunteer or professional member of a fire or rescue department of a political subdivision may use reasonable force to enter a motor vehicle and remove a dog or cat which has been left in the vehicle in violation of subdivision 1. A person removing a dog or a cat under this subdivision shall use reasonable means to contact the owner of the dog or cat to arrange for its return home. If the person is unable to contact the owner, the person may take the dog or cat to an animal shelter.
        Subd. 3.Petty misdemeanor.

        A person who violates subdivision 1 is subject to a fine of $25.

        History: 1988 c 711 s 6

        • big banjo

          yeah well in MY opinioin you are an imbecile trying to appear intelligent via a public posting. …..NOTHING you blurted out applies to this situation….and a 3 month old puppy left in a car is no different than a 3 year old dog being left in a car.

      • Ok, I'll show you

        Ok Einstein, I’ll show you where it says its illegal…


        Subdivision 1.Unattended dogs or cats.

        A person may not leave a dog or a cat unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the dog’s or cat’s health or safety.

      • steph


        There is a Minnesota statute, though it does not appear that it was violated by the owner in this case. Most states that have rules about it make mention of endangering the animal by leaving it in extreme heat or cold, or by not providing adequate food or water.

        • @ steph

          You proved no point here. As you admitted, there has been no temperature extreme recently that would have made leaving a dog in a car a violation. This was purely a case of thievery.

  • people will steal anything

    I would check with the post office. The puppy mailer is on the loose.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    I have sympathy with the dog’s owner, but why must people take their dogs with them when they shop or run errands. I see dogs left in cars all the time at shopping centers. The dog would be much better off if it remains at home with heat, air conditioning, and food. Thankfully I’ve yet to see a cat left unattended. I hope the man gets his dog back, but he should think in the dog’s best interests.

    • Barb

      I acquired a dog from the humane society with severe separation anxiety. I could not leave her at home as the neighbors thought she was being beaten to death with the ruckus she raised. She was never happier than being in the car when we ran errands. She knew we would always come back to the car. We never rolled up a window. They were always down for her. She would not leave that car unless she accompanied myself or my daughters.

      I see this gentleman now has his dog back. That is good news indeed!

  • John Frykman

    Listen folks…there is no reason at all to suspect ill treatment of this animal. Anyone who would offer a $2500 reward for the dog’s return certainly cares about his pet. He would certainly know if he left his 3 month old dog for more than a few minutes, there would be a risk that the dog would mess his car. I don’t think there is any dog endangerment here, at least from the facts. If the car were entered with the window “cracked” there was almost certainly an air passageway sufficiently large to properly ventilate the car. Give the guy a break. He sure sounds like an OK person to me. Stop the rush to judgement, already!

  • Ale Nancyshire

    Great story cco. Never mind that kids in N. Mpls are being randomly killed. Report on a missing dog, great idea. Surprise you didn’t work jabs into the story somehow.

    • The other 99%

      No one cares about N MPLS anymore they have been taking up to much air time for there murders for 20 years. Old story

  • ??

    2,500 for a dog???? Really?

  • Betty

    I have 2 german shorthairs, I just feel for the owner – I’d be crushed. We ALSO leave BOTH of our dogs in the car during errands, quick stops on cabin trips, etc. They eat it up and live for getting in the car to go somewhere. If there is any weather extreme, we simply do not take them. Wether the dog was removed as a result of foul play or as a result of a caring individual (perhaps overbearing), the point of the article is to help an owner find its pet. Stop making it anything more!

  • dean

    The dog is home safe with the owner Kim. The person who did this must have felt the heat from this news story (thank you WCCO) and the many flyers put up at the area where it happened. For what it’s worth there was no danger to the dog at the time this happened from being in the car. It was 50 some degrees and after dark (between 8-9 pm) and the crack in the window(s) was plenty enough for fresh air. He was visiting his 95 year old friend for dinner. His prior dog (also named Pepsi) lived for 14 years and was a very happy dog so Kim takes great care of his dogs. Here’s to another fourteen year run Kim and Pepsi!!!

    • Happy Ending

      Good to hear. It would have been tough for that thief to keep such a distinctive looking pup. I know I would’ve recognized that dog and confronted the person with her.

  • Rose

    I feel for the guy. Sounds like an honest mistake and I hope he gets his dog back. Leaving a pup in the car even on a moderate day is dangerous. I knew someone who’s dog jumped in the car and they didn’t know. Went inside and a few hours later realized they were missing but by then the dog had died.

    • @ Rose

      That’s ridiculous. It’s like saying leaving a dog in a house on a ‘moderate’ day is dangerous; and dogs should never be left out of sight. Honest mistake my arse, it was either stupidity or theft.

  • The other 99%

    I would love to have a really mean Pit Bull in the car so that way when Safety Sally, and the gang come around to be hero’s they get well what McGruff the Crime Dog calls it. “Taking a bite out of Crime.”

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