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Dognapped Pumpkin is reunited with his family

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 29, 2009 at 10:27 am •  Published: April 29, 2009
Pumpkin is safe and sound.

The dog, missing about a month since an apparent dognapper didn’t make good on a ransom payment, was returned to his owners Tuesday by an Edmond family that took him in without knowing his story, owner Stephanie David said.

A caller told David early this month he had taken David’s car and Pumpkin and demanded ransom, David said. She and her husband wired him money, but he did not tell them where he had taken the car and dog. Oklahoma City police found the car, but not the dog, April 17.

Also in early April, a real estate agent noticed a dog had been trapped in a vacant office for several days, David said. He took the dog to a veterinarian, and the Edmond family looking to adopt a pet took him home. This week, the veterinarian called the family to say the dog looked like Pumpkin, whose story appeared April 23 in The Oklahoman, David said. The family contacted David, who lives in The Colony, Texas, on Monday night, and she drove to Edmond to pick up Pumpkin.

Leah Milligan said it was hard to part with Pumpkin, who had lived with Milligan, her husband and their two boys for about three weeks.

"We thought we were adopting a dog that had been hurt and abandoned,” said Milligan, 35.


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