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Woman Takes Cat Hostage To Get Dog

Bo, our mischievous chow/retriever, has gotten loose on more than one occasion (he's an escape artist, really!!) Luckily, he has always returned home after a...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jul 28th 2008


Bo, our mischievous chow/retriever, has gotten loose on more than one occasion (he’s an escape artist, really!!) Luckily, he has always returned home after a few hours. Let’s face it, he’s not stupid, he knows how good he’s got it.

In the following story things turned out a little different for Scooby. He didn’t come back home after breaking free, ending up at the local rescue shelter for 10 days. Read the extraordinary steps his owner took to get him back.

A Greenacres, Fla., woman allegedly kidnapped a family’s cat after they refused to return a dog they adopted that the woman had previously owned, police said.

When an owner loves their dog they’ll do anything to get him back. Although it usually doesn’t involve extortion.

Investigators said Linda Urioste’s black Labrador, Scooby, was picked up by Animal Control in May and was adopted five days later by Jutta Hollar and her husband, WPBF-TV, Palm Beach, Fla., reported Tuesday.

She said her cat, Mitz, went missing a few days after the meeting and she soon received a phone call from Urioste stating that she had the cat. Police said Urioste admitted to having the cat but refused to return it unless Hollar gave her the dog.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

Urioste was arrested and charged with theft and extortion. Mitz was returned safely to her family.

Too bad these two humans didn’t put their egos on the back burner and adopt another pup in need. But instead of springing another fuzzy friend free from the pound, one of them ended up in their own pound.