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Saturday
Jun292013

Champion Dog Allegedly Neutered, Kidnapped

iStockphoto(JERICHO, N.Y.) -- A New York couple is suing their dog-sitter, claiming she won’t give back their champion Samoyed, and that she had the animal neutered, ruining his value.

Cecile and Victor Stanton, of Jericho, N.Y., filed a lawsuit against Beverly Jeffries of Pasadena, Calif., on June 26 in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Calif., claiming she refuses to return their dog, whose name is Polar Mist You Gotta Believe. In a contract between the two parties signed in February and included in the lawsuit, the Stantons agreed to give temporary physical custody of the AKC-registered Grand Champion to Jeffries while they retained ownership.

The Stantons bought the dog, which answers to the name Justin, in 2006, according to a certificate issued by the American Kennel Club.  When the Stantons asked for Justin to be returned in May, Jeffries refused, the suit states.

In their lawsuit the Stantons maintain that Jeffries neutered Justin without their permission in April. The dog, a stud used for breeding, is worth an estimated $250,000, according to the suit.

In the lawsuit the Stantons estimate that they have lost $100,000 in breeding value, now that the dog has been neutered.

The Stantons are suing Jeffries for $350,000, citing breach of contract, promissory fraud, and intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.

It is unclear if Jeffries has an attorney. She could not be reached for comment.

The Stantons and their attorney did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec262012

Girl, 7, Reunited with Stolen Dog on Christmas

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 7-year-old girl's Christmas wish came true when New York City cops nabbed the Grinch that stole her dog and a good Samaritan helped reunite her with the missing pooch.

On Christmas Day, Mia Bendray, 7, wrapped her arms around Marley, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel who had been unleashed and taken from outside a shop in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood on Christmas Eve.  The theft was caught on tape and police provided the video to news oulets.

"Thank you, the people of Washington Heights… Those great Samaritans… And now we got him on Christmas Day," Mia's mother, Angie Estrada, told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

The dog was rescued by Tina Cohen, a high school Spanish teacher who came across a man on Monday in another section of Manhattan standing on a street corner, shouting that he had a dog for sale.

"I said, 'That's not right.'  I said, 'I'd like to buy the dog.  I only have $100,'" Cohen said.

When the man demanded more cash, Cohen said she went to a nearby Staples and bought merchandise she then returned for cash.  She bought Marley for $200 and quickly took the dog to the veterinarian who treats her own dogs.  

In the meantime, other bystanders called the cops, who soon collared the alleged dognapper, Brad Bacon, 29.  Bacon appears to have been caught on video taking the dog on Monday.

Cohen's vet was able to track down Marley's owner from a microchip implanted in the dog's skin and with help from an animal rescue group that had learned about the stolen pup.

On Tuesday, when Cohen watched Marley jump into Mia's arms, she said, "You guys belong together.  I'm so happy you are together."

"That was the worst thing, there was a Grinch that was living about in New York," the girls' mom said.  "The Grinch didn't win today."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec252012

Dognapper Snatches Pet Pooch from New York City Street 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A dognapper snatched a pet pooch from a New York City street as a little girl and her family were finishing up their holiday shopping.

The Christmas Eve crime happened in daylight and was captured on surveillance video.  A man can be seen in the video approaching Marley, a King Charles Spaniel, who was waiting patiently for his owners outside a Manhattan shop.

The man brazenly unhooked Marley’s leash, scooped the dog into his arms and walked away.

“Who would do this? It’s Christmas Eve! Tomorrow’s Christmas morning.” Mia Bendrat told WABC-TV on Monday.

The family is hoping for a Christmas miracle. Police have taken a copy of the surveillance video and the Bendrats have canvassed their Washington Heights neighborhood with flyers.

“He’s really fluffy and he’s so adorable that I can’t even trim my tree without him,” Bendrat said. “It’s like so hard to be without him.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio