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Missing dog in Spokane, Wash. ransomed for $60, owner pleads for return

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On Friday, Jan. 10, KREM News reported that a missing dog is being held for $60 ransom in Spokane, Wash.

The missing dog, named "Susie Q," ran away from home in early January. Her owner, Richard Whiteoak, found his dog - but getting her back is proving to be difficult.

According to Whiteoak, the man who found Susie Q is demanding cash in exchange for the missing dog. Whiteoak stated that the man who found her needed money to fix his car. When Whiteoak offered to take the man directly to an automotive shop, the man said he would only accept cash - and then he drove off with Susie Q.

“She’s a companion dog. Ever since my wife passed, I’ve lived by myself. She’s the only thing I got here,” said Whiteoak.

While Susie is a senior dog, she's also high-energy - and she often runs out the front door. Whiteoak was too weak from his dialysis treatments to chase her when she ran out the door earlier this week.

“She had a name tag on her collar with a number on it so they could call us and so he did,” he said.

Whiteoak has contacted the police, who are looking into this case.

The suspect is described as an African-American male with pockmarks on his face. According to Whiteoak, He the man was with a young blonde woman. They were driving a large white van with no license plates.

There are multiple resources for pet guardians with missing pets. The Missing Pet Partnership provides tips to find missing animals and 3 Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helps people in Washington state locating their missing dogs and cats.

On Facebook, Help FIND Nahla, Stop Pet Theft, and Lost & Found Pets WA State are excellent resources for those whose animals are missing. These sites have helped countless missing dogs and cats find their way home once again.

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