Cat For Dog Swap Meet

November 2 | 1 Comment

catdogkidnap.jpg“Can’t we all just get along?” I hear my father ask at the breakfast table to no one in particular.

He’s deep into a story about kidnapping, extortion and grand theft. Must be he’s reading the Wall Street Journal again, right?.

Not so, it’s the Palm Beach Post and the story involves a cat, a dog and two humans.

A woman from Wellington and a man from Greenacres have been going at it like cats and dogs.

Now the man from Greenacres has both the cat and the dog, and the woman from Wellington has been charged with grand theft and extortion.

The Wellington woman faces two felony charges over allegations she kidnapped Hollar’s cat and left a threatening message.

Greenacres police say she stole the man’s cat because she thinks he has her dog.

She stole the man’s cat to get her dog back?  That’s not a very fair trade.  Maybe if she had taken one of his children, or maybe his wife, then it would have been a fair trade.  But a cat for a dog on a straight up swap? C’mon, the man didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday.

On May 25, Jeff Hollar of Greenacres adopted a black Labrador retriever from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, took it home and named it Buddy, according to the police report.

On June 12, he got a call from Linda Urioste of Wellington, who told him that Buddy is actually Scooby, and that Scooby belongs to her.

A week later, Hollar’s 13-year-old gray cat, Mitz, disappeared from his front yard.

Mitz was not a magic cat, so the fact she disappeared was a bit odd. Time would provide an answer.

Three days later, on June 22, he found a message on his answering machine.

“Hi, Hollar residence, this is Linda. You were supposed to call me back regarding my dog Scooby, and I didn’t hear anything,” the speaker said, according to the report. “I was the used-to-be owner, but I was wondering if you were missing a gray pussy cat, because a pussy cat ran out in front of my car not far from your house, and I saved its life. I almost ran him over. So, I was just wondering how you are enjoying Scooby, because I am enjoying your pussy cat. … Have a nice day.”

Mitz was returned to Hollar, and Urioste was charged with two felonies. But Urioste remains defiant.

OK…I’m going to be serious for a moment. Hey Hollar, give Scooby back to the woman and go adopt another fuzzy, loving canine from the pound. We’ll all be better off for it.


One Response to “Cat For Dog Swap Meet”

  1. Hoss on July 29th, 2008 9:45 am

    I don’t know about giving "Scooby" back… he adopted the dog from the shelter, right?  Why was it there if the dog "belonged" to Urioste?  Seems like she cared very little about the animal to let it be found in the pound!

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