CORONA DEL MAR (CBS) — Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?…that’s the question an Orange County woman is asking after her Chihuahua was stolen in what she calls a politically motivated attack.

Carole Rudat says her beloved dog, Romeo, was stolen from her Orange backyard in August 2010. She is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the safe return of her dog.

”I’ve been told by a professional detective that this is often done to send a message to back off what your doing,” said Rudat. “It’s done in business and it’s done in politics.”

Rudat said Romeo went missing a few days before the filing deadline for the 2010 Orange City Council election. Rudat, who had run in the 2006 election, did not intend to file in 2010, but she believes Romeo was taken by unnamed people who assumed she would be announcing her candidacy.

A spokesman for Orange police say a report was taken from Rudat in August of 2010, but there was no evidence that the Chihuahua was stolen.

Rudat is also offering a $100,000 reward for the conviction of any elected official involved with or with knowledge of Romeo’s dognapping.

“It’s not any different than the kidnapping of children. This is my family member. This is a grieving process,” Rudat said.

The campaign to find the 4-year-old chocolate brown and white pooch has also spread to Facebook and YouTube.

To help find Romeo, click here.

Comments (50)
  1. Marco says:

    $100,000.00 ?!??!!?!?

    Is it City Council Money?

    1. Ken says:

      Are you always this stupid or did you double up on your stupid pills this morning?

  2. Jive Dadson says:

    I suspect Romeo got wind of a Juliet doggy.

  3. In Response says:

    To “The Shadow” – Dogs aren’t stolen to stop people from running for office – it was to stop HER from running. She has clearly spent a lot of time and money trying to locate her dog and has uncovered many details. I have done a lot of research on this as I heard about this story long ago, since I am from Orange County. It may sound crazy – but it’s very true and very scary if you live here with an animal. It has not only happened to her, but many other stories have come up. I suggest you do your homework and think before you speak. The reason you’ve never heard a story like this, is people that it happens to don’t have the means to do it themselves. The police turn the other way as they never believe…this woman has brought a lot of other stories to light.

  4. Slice says:

    This lady sounds whacked! That said, how could she run for the City Council in Orange when, according to your story, she lives, and in 2008 lived, in Corona del Mar which is in Newport Beach? Sounds fishy to me. Maybe the DA should be looking at that, too.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      She has a house in CdM and she is offering over $100k because of dog. What makes you think she cant also have official residence in Orange? Def not the money.

  5. JP says:

    I was born and raised in Orange County for 29 years. I have never heard of anything like this…NOT ONE. But I have heard of delusional people who will go to the extreme for attention and answers. I’ll believe the police before I believe a looking-to-get-paid private detective. This lady is nuts. Really KCAL/CBS??? Are you saying there are no other stories you can report on? This is why people act crazy, because you guys put them on TV.

  6. In Response says:

    KTLA did a story on a different dog that was stolen as well:,0,1652359.story

    Again, you people thinking you know everything – do your homework.
    As far as the Corona del Mar comment, if you look her up, her office is in Corona del Mar and she ran for office in 2006.

    1. JP says:

      Darn!…You beat me to it…I was gonna look up other stories of delusional people believing people are stealing their dogs…Good Work!! Thanks 😉

  7. JP – So you think there has never been a dog-napping? You don’t think that exists? Perhaps you’re the delusional one.

    1. JP says:

      Apparent dog-napping…Police said no evidence…she probably left the gate opened…so much more important stuff going on in the world than this conspiracy theory…

      1. Duh! says:

        Let us not forget that coyotes roam OC and eat little itty bitty dogs that cannot defend themselves from a coyote (like a German shepherd or rottweiler could).

        Was there a note to say, “If you want your little dog back, don’t run for council.” found? The story makes no mention of a note.

  8. Captain Sunshine says:

    Fu*k the Shadow. Hey why don’t you come out of the closet? Show a little class and respect. Someone stole her dog.

  9. Bear says:

    $100,000, for that kind of money, someone would turn in their own mother. Let’s see what the other side of the rock looks like.

  10. Dan S. says:

    I remember several other stories where pets were KILLED in order to intimidate people (think of the famous scene of the horse’s head in The Godfather). In one case, the animal (a cat, I think) first disappeared, then was returned dead a few days later. I fear the dog is likely dead, and the people who did it simply didn’t get the chance to quietly return the dog’s body before she made the story public.

    1. dogEATER says:

      dan. you are an idiot. i want to put you on a leash and keep you in my back yard.

  11. Heath says:

    “Rudat says Romeo went missing days BEFORE she filed papers to run in the 2010 Orange City Council election.”

  12. Jeff Roe says:

    Replace the dog (keep in the house), then run anyway.

  13. speedy says:

    i will tell you if my dog was stolen and i found who did it; so help me God i would kill them.

  14. Hank Warren says:

    Politcians with a spare $100K around, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. KJ says:

      Apparently you don’t have to have a pet involved to be delusional……Just saying….

    2. Thomas says:


      You are a loony. Did you know that?

  15. BobStrebs says:

    …as you just did…

  16. sherry says:


    1. Eric Karich says:

      Jive and Sherry, you guys rock!

  17. Anon says:

    “She believes Romeo was taken by unnamed people who did not want her to run for office.”

    -So Ma’am, what leads you to believe this?
    -Absolutely nothing. But that’s what I’m making it about

  18. Me says:

    Coyote chow?

  19. Joey B says:

    Another journalist who cheated their way through college, no doubt… Wherefore means why, you dummy!

  20. ricardo maxwell says:

    Why does ANYONE expect the state run media propaganda machine to be a student of the English language and be able to look up words in the dictionary and or even be able to discern their meaning from context? If they can shill for a man that is destroying the best country in the world right before their very eyes, how can you expect them to know the meaning of Shakespeare or his words?

  21. Anna Rudow says:

    Losing a dog is NOT the same as losing a child. My dog is a part of the family, but nothing compares to the loss of a child.

    1. Chris says:

      It is if you dont have children. It’s not a competition. Grief is grief.

  22. Barbara says:

    I know Carol…………she’s a straight shooter…….not a nut case.

  23. TwoXForr says:

    Wow, referencing a fictional event in a movie wot prove a real life series of events. Please stop the insanity.

  24. TwoXForr says:

    Wow, quoting a fictional event in a movie, to establish credibility to a real life series of events. Please stop the insanity.

  25. James Cramer says:

    Listen-up, for the most part deranged liberals live in California, 68.43% to be exact. (according to Pew Research Center) If it is goofy, you can count on California to be involved.

  26. Sean Patriot says:

    She needs Ace Ventura, I’m sure he’s spent all the Snowflake money

  27. Derp Jenkins says:

    I can NOT wait for the big budget Hollywood treatment of this tense drama that we are seeing unfold before us. The twists and turns in this case are amazing.

  28. randy says:

    publicity stunt. If you fell for it, you might be an Obama voter, too.

  29. just more info says:

    Well, for those that question her on this, I can tell you that she did have flyers up all over the OC fair grounds during the pet expo a few weeks back and they are also up all over the downtown area of HB.

  30. An Nonymous says:

    I know it’s crazy to expect a web content editor to actually be literate, but for the record……”wherefore” =/= “where”……..”wherefore” = “why”. The question “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” means “Why are you Romeo?” When Juliet asked it, she was asking why Romeo had to be a Montague….the sworn enemies of her family.


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