Wash. woman says dog being held for ransom


WOODLAND, Wash. - A Woodland woman said her pet bulldog named Jaggar is being held for ransom by thieves demanding money and her prescription drugs.

Jennifer Thomas told KATU she noticed her dog missing more than a week ago after she saw a man and woman in her driveway.

Since then she has received text messages from people threatening to torture the dog to death unless she meets their ransom demands.

In an interview with KATU Thomas revealed the text message: "If you don't do exactly as you're told the next few pictures will be of your friend who will be getting tortured to death. And do us both a favor, keep this to yourself, no cops."

The dognappers demanded $1,000 and her prescription medication.

Thomas uses a wheelchair, says she doesn't have the money, and needs the medication because of an accident.

Despite warnings not to call police, she asked the Cowlitz County sheriff's office for help.