Americana: Pooch Poaching

Considering inflation and the risk of serving 10-to-20, a $100 stickup is not what it used to be. And why chance it when a little dognaping can turn a bigger profit? According to Duncan Wright, director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there has been a marked increase in "demands for ransom to return animals." The ransom bite usually ranges between $150 and $200. Sometimes those seeking ransom do not even have the animal; they pose as dog finders when they see the phone number of a grief-stricken owner in "Dog Lost" advertisements.

One Chicago couple suffered...

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