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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 07:56 AM
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Dognapping Investigated As Terrorist Act

BOULDER CREEK Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of a golden retriever in the Santa Cruz Mountains as a possible terrorist incident after finding animal rights group propaganda where the dog was last seen.

Randy Chapel got home from a two-week trip to Europe last week and reported his dog missing, his garage door bowed and the lock busted, and an unusual sticker pasted to the side door of the garage.

The sticker "Abuse an animal, go to jail" piqued the interest of two sheriff's deputies trained as terrorist liaison officers, who said the incident could be the work of fringe activists unhappy about how the dog was treated.

The stickers are produced and sold by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national nonprofit based in Sonoma County that fights for animal rights through the legal system. But the defense fund is not being blamed for the dog's disappearance, deputies said.

Lisa Franzetta, spokeswoman for the group, said this week that the group doesn't condone illegal behavior.

"We certainly wouldn't advocate the theft of someone's animal," Franzetta said, pointing out anyone could buy the stickers, priced at $4.99 for two sheets of four stickers, online. "We send out thousands of those stickers every year"

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Marsh, a terrorist liaison officer, said it's possible an animal rights activist outside the official group acquired the sticker.

"Perhaps somebody has some more radical views that they acted on. That's a possibility," Marsh said.
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 07:59 AM
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1. I'm sorry, stealing a dog is not a terrorist act
police have gotten out of hand.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 08:35 AM
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2. I don't call that a good way to treat a dog
...even if he was fed and walked daily. Leaving him all alone with only brief daily contact (and the article didn't really say the friend came by daily) with a human? I wouldn't treat a dog like that.

But terrorism? Sound slike bored sheriff's deputies to me.
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