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Police pinch pug-pilfering pensioner

The Local · 25 Jan 2012, 11:44

Published: 25 Jan 2012 11:44 GMT+01:00

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According to the police report, the “completely distraught” 93-year-old appeared at a police station on January 10, saying that two “respectable-looking” women had offered to take her beloved pet for a walk.

The trusting woman then allowed her pug to go off with the two strangers, who never returned.

After the intensive, round-the-clock police investigations began, the woman received a mysterious message on her answering machine a few days later.

“The message did not demand any ransom payment, but it offered no hope of a reunion, since the dog was now reportedly ‘in the best hands,’ ” the police report said.

But as with all master criminals, the kidnappers made one fatal error: they took their victim to a Frankfurt vet for a check-up. Since the canine abductee had been fitted with an identity chip, police were able to trace him back to his real owner after an extensive search.

Asked why she committed the dastardly deed, the kidnapper described herself as an “animal protector” and believed she could offer the pug a better life.

The dog declined to comment and has requested privacy following its ordeal.

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Your comments about this article

13:25 January 25, 2012 by mshameemahmed
hahahahhahahah.... The dog declined to comment and has requested privacy following its ordeal. ? How can dog declined to comment????????? Does this dog speak? hahahhaha...,
14:04 January 25, 2012 by dc_edinburgh
#1 mashed head 13:25 - you're kind of missing the (intended) humour in the last paragraph.

Back to school for you.....
15:09 January 25, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
An A+ to The Local for the title alliteration.

Pugs are a very sweet and expressive breed of dog. I'm sure the little guy had to take to the sofa for some much needed rest after the excitement of being away from home for two weeks.

15:19 January 25, 2012 by finanzdoktor
@dc_edinburgh: I agree with you, the humor in that last line was apparently lost on some, unless mshameedmahmed was trying to be funny.

@ Lisa Rusbridge: Yeah, the title is an eye-catcher.
18:46 January 25, 2012 by citydog
I think it's quite possible that the dog truly wasn't being taken care of properly by his 93-year-old owner. Perhaps she couldn't walk him (why else allow strangers to take him for a walk) and was unaware of or unable to treat any health problems he might have--Pugs are notorious for eye, ear, and skin problems, and the thieves promptly took him to a vet.

So I can believe that the thieves truly wanted to help the dog, but why not just offer to help the owner to care for him (take him for walks, or help her get him to the vet and help clean ears, administer eye drops, etc.)? Help the animals *and* their humans.
13:11 January 26, 2012 by raandy
So much for the fabeled massive intensive around the clock investigation , the dog had a chip and the vet checked it out and called the police who were bumping their heads against the wall in flustration and anxiety during their all night vigel.
05:24 January 30, 2012 by heyheyhey
What a sweet, sad face. It sure looks like his missed his momma.

@citydog, there is no mention of the dog being poorly cared for. The thieves should be prosecuted for causing such distress to the old woman.
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