Woman Held Cat For Ransom After Losing Dog

@ersmommy1 (12605)
United States
July 1, 2008 12:02pm CST
Woman lost her dog. Animal control picked up the black lab puppy. It went up for adoption after about a week. After about two weeks the new owners received word the original owner was looking for the dog. New owners met with the lady who went ape on these poor people immediately threatening to sue them yelling at them etc. A few days later the family cat went missing.woman has been charged with theft and extortion, accused by police of kidnapping a family's cat and holding it for ransom in hopes of getting her dog returned. How would you have handled the situation? I certainly would have been calm. And kidnapping a pet is nutty. What is your opinion?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
29 Jul 08
She must have really loved that dog to do something like that. She also seems to need some help and I hope she gets it. I seriously don't think I would have met up with her in the first place because you never know what could happen like what happened here. Just not good. I do hope as I stated she get the mental help she needs.
• United States
8 Jul 08
People can be tremendously attached to their pets and not all people tremendously attached to their pets are very tightly bound to sanity or reality. Of course, I find it hard to believe that I would not feel bad for the woman who lost her beloved pet, but if she would kidnap a cat and use it as blackmail, then she's not particularly sane and I do not know if the animal would be safe with her.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
1 Jul 08
The pet owners might have been willing to give her back the dog if she had been a bit nicer about it. I would be upset that my dog had gotten picked up by animal control and adopted out, but it is not the family's fault. They did not let her dog out loose.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
1 Jul 08
It depends on why the puppy was lost. Did the puppy get loose? Was it completely accident? Could she have easily prevented it (like, did she let the puppy outside knowing there was a gap beneath the fence that he could slip through, or something of that nature)? If she reacts to such things that extremely, then she does not need to have a dog anyway. If she kidnaps a person's cat, you have to wonder what type of thought process she has. How does she react to the puppies behavior? I hope that, if she did really kidnap the cat, she is never allowed to own another animal, and that she is fined severely. If it were my dog, I would have asked why it was put up for adoption, and depending on whether or not it was MY FAULT, or if the animal control could have waited to adopt the puppy out, I would take action from there. I mean, if the puppy had no form of identification or anything, then it would have automatically been marked as a stray. There is just so much to this story that I do not know of to judge whether the Animal Control went through the procedure properly. In any case, the lady's behavior is unlawful and immoral.