A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with selling their neighbor’s Rottweiler puppy for $50 on Craigslist after it wandered into their yard, ABC News reports.
Scott Duff, 41, and Roxanne Duff, 38, of Leechberg, near Pittsburgh, Pa., were implicated after police officers happened to interview their five-year-old son.
According to police, Roxanne Duff left a phone message for police on Sept. 3, saying that a golden retriever mix and a Rottweiler puppy had entered her property, and asked what to do. Police responded that she should contact a local animal shelter or the dog catcher.
That’s when the story starts to go a little haywire.
Ms. Duff apparently returned the golden retriever mix to neighbor Shawn Lerch, but said that the Rottweiler puppy had left her property and not returned. Mr. Lerch told police he had reason to believe that the Duffs still had Bailey, the puppy.
The next day, Chief of Police Michael Diebold went to the Duffs’ home to question the couple about the puppy, and found their young son home with a babysitter. According to police reports, officers asked the two about the missing puppy, and the boy stated “his mommy had given the dog to a woman from the Internet.”
Chief Diebold then contacted the Duffs to confront him with this new information, informing him that charges would be filed if he still had Bailey or had “otherwise disposed” of the dog.
“Mr. Duff continued to say to the chief that the puppy escaped from his residence after it initially was found,” the police report stated.
Shortly after that, Scott Duff phoned Chief Diebold and admitted that his wife had “given the dog away by posting an ad on Craigslist,” according to the police report. Chief Diebold told Mr. Duff that his wife would have to call, and that the dog “needed to be returned immediately.” Ms. Duff the admitted to police that she had sold the puppy on Craigslist for $50, and that her previous report about not having the dog was false.
Mr. Duff later also admitted to police that he also had knowledge of the sale of Bailey to a woman in Pittsburgh. Ms. Duff ultimately went to Pittsburgh to retrieve Bailey, and then handed him over to the police.
Both Scott and Roxanne Duff have been charged with not making a reasonable effort to return lost property, two counts of conspiracy and filing false reports.
Little Bailey has now been returned to his owner, Shawn Lerch.
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(via: ABC News)
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