You know those stories that make you say, "What the hell is wrong with people?" This is one of them. A couple from New York hired a dog sitter to watch their Samoyed, named Justin, last February, and now they are suing this woman, Beverly Jeffries, for dognapping and neutering the pooch without their permission. The show dog was worth $250,000 because of his amazing breeding genes, but if he's been fixed, his value is about $100,000 less.
The couple did sign over temporary custody of Justin when they hired her, but somehow I'm guessing that neutering the dog in April wasn't part of the contract -- hence the lawsuit.
And did I mention that Jeffries is also supposedly refusing to return the dog? Yep, she may have had him snipped against his owners' will and also now presumably thinks he's hers.
The couple is, of course, distraught and wants their beloved pet back -- which is why I can't understand why they aren't calling the police, or pressing charges, or banging down her door and taking back the dog that is rightfully theirs.
If someone took your dog, wouldn't you do everything in your power to get him back? Something seems a little fishy here, doesn't it?
Their poor dog is living with a woman they're accusing of taking away his doggy-hood. Instead of demanding that he be returned, they're suing Jeffries for $350,000, citing promissory fraud, breach of contract, and intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.
Sigh. I know this pup is worth a lotta cash, but it just seems sad that this case is coming down to money instead of what is right and best for the dog. If this Jeffries lady has half a heart, she'll send him back to his rightful owners where he belongs. And even though the owners reportedly asked for Justin to be returned to them time and time again, if they don't fight a little harder, it's tough not to question their motives for why they want him back in the first place.
What do you make of this case? Would you fight tooth and nail to get your dog back?
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