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February 26, 2008


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Mildly related: I like how these vehicle insurance companies are now including pet coverage for free! Maybe some of them always have but it is news to me.

I would pay a ransom for my pup, but I, too, think $15K was too high. I would have started much lower.

Wow, that's insane... I think if someone kidnapped my dog, I would be paying 15k or more for their hospital bill (not smart to steal a 100lb+ guard dog), but not ransom.

So, is the guy that stole the dog the one that returned it for the $$$?

Imagine how many HUMANS $15K could help.

Good grief--$15k?!

How about $100 for stealing my dog?

Depending on where you live, offering a reward that high could be asking for trouble. If people know that you're willing to pay $15,000 for a missing dog, what do you think the chances are that the dog will go missing again?

I'm not sure why you would catch so much flack for this. I love animals, especially dogs, but pets are undeniably expensive. So are children but you don't catch flack saying things like "children are expensive". On a related note, I've heard there has been a rash of doggy-kidnappings around where I live recently specifically because the thiefs know the owners will likely offer a reward for its return. Sick people. I've seen signs around town offering several thousand dollar rewards for missing pets.

Alright! I think I'll munch on some peanuts for this one. Play Ball!

That said, 15k is a ridiculously high reward. Start lower, and work your way up to 15k if you don't get any bites. ;-)

I'll give $50 if you promise you won't give my cat back...

The dog has been found and the kidnappers arrested since that story was printed. The dog's owner is a banker & the son of TD Bank's president - ie probably a man for whom $15k isn't so much. There's also this:

In the first instance, police searched to no avail for two teenage girls suspected of stealing a three-month-old German shepherd-Doberman puppy outside a Dominion supermarket where the dog's owner was shopping. A few days later, a two-year-old pug named Roscoe was snatched by a massage-parlour worker who eventually broke into tears and returned the dog when confronted by its owner.

So apparently Toronto is in the midst of a canine crime wave!

By the way, the Globe & Mail's Investor magazine had an article this quarter suggesting investing in pet medicine companies ... apparently pets are living a whole lot longer than they used to, and they reckon there's money to be made.

This year I paid over $1000 to the vet, in drips and drabs. caring for our newly-diabetic cat. This does not include the cost of changing to more expensive wet food. Considering the cat found us, this is an enormous amount of money, especially since I can't invest it.

It wasn't a ransom this was to be a reward for someone finding his dog. It was originally thought that the dog just got loose. Also $5000.00 of it was to be donated to the Toronto Humane Society. I live about 45 minutes north of Toronto and an owner of 2 chiuahuas and a beagle so I was very interested in the story. Also I had the misfortune to loose my cat 5 years ago and I would have given my right arm to get him back. I never did find him and I wonder if I offered a reward of $15000.00 if I would have gotten him back. So to me it was not excessive.

I would probably pay anything to get my dogs back. However, this morning on the news I saw a spot on a company called, where you pay them and they call all your neighbors in a certain area (the spread of the area is determined by how much you pay).

It seemed like an interesting concept, and something I would use if I were in that boat (God Forbid).


That someone would steal a dog is infuriating enough. To pay ransom for it's return - sure, but they wouldn't live long enough to spend it!

Some people like animals more than humans. I for one wonder some times by looking how humans act.

Fabian Defoin

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