Hydro man lands in jail over poodle rescue

Edwin Fry, 73, of Hydro, faces charges after springing his poodle from the pound with a lawn tractor and bolt cutters. The dog, Buddy Tough, was euthanized while his owner was in jail.
BY ANN KELLEY Modified: October 22, 2010 at 10:12 am •  Published: October 22, 2010
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The second offense would be a $100 fine, but Fry was told he could retrieve his dog, take the citation and sort out the fine in court, Chancellor said.

"I've been in law enforcement 20 years, and this is the first time I've known of anyone that has busted a dog out of jail," Chancellor said.

Chancellor said he saw Fry leaving the kennel with the dog, but didn't stop him right away.

"He'd threatened to shoot us before, so I approached him with caution," Chancellor said. "I was afraid he might have had a rifle with him."

Once Fry stopped, Chancellor held him at gunpoint.

"He stood up and had the dog in one arm and dropped the 3-foot bolt cutters he had in the other hand," Chancellor said.

Fry was arrested on complaints of second-degree burglary, trespassing and destruction of city property. Formal charges were not as stringent.

He faces a municipal charge of allowing an animal to run at-large, and a misdemeanor charge in Caddo County District Court of breaking and entering.

Fry spent several days in jail. His bail was set at $1,000 requiring a $100 deposit to a bondsman for release, but no one seemed willing to put up the money, Chancellor said.

Eventually, a Hydro resident came to his rescue.

While Fry was in jail, the dog was euthanized.

"He's flying now with the angels, and I know I'll see him again," Fry said.

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