The woman, whose name was not released, gave police the unusual excuse for her behavior after her husband had reported the missing funds to investigators, according to The Daily Herald.
Arlington Police detectives filed court orders to follow the money trail, said spokeswoman Kristin Banfield. They learned the money disappearing from the 42-year-old Arlington man's account was being used to pay for utility bills and other items at his ex-wife's home.
Banfield tells The Herald that the woman's first response was, "Her dog got into her purse and ate all her personal checks." The 50-year-old woman reportedly told police she had no choice but to take money from her former husband's account.
The woman is now under investigation for identity theft and forgery.