As a pet owner (one very fluffy cat and two dwarf bunnies) I can’t think of anything worse than someone taking them for ransom.
So when Ben emailed me, ‘Can you sell my pet story?” about how his designer puggle dog (that’s a cross between a Beadle and a Pug!) was kidnapped from his garden, and then held for ransom, I was horrified.
Fortunately, Ben had the sense to involve the Police. When the kidnappers next rang, an officer posed as Ben. And when the kidnapper came to exchange Louis for the money, a posse of Police surrounded his van. Louis was rescued and the kidnapper was arrested.
Dognapping has actually become increasingly more common over the past few years as a way for petty criminals to make a quick buck. After all, it is every pet owner’s nightmare and many will do anything to get their much-loved pet back.
Ben said this morning: “I am so pleased I decided to sell my story to the press and absolutely thrilled it’s made page three!”
There was more good news for Ben as I have gained him and Louis a further deal with a bestselling weekly women’s magazine.