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Woman Holds Cat Ransom for Missing Dog

The Case of the Missing Dog and the Kitty Held Hostage

There must be something in the water down there in Florida to cause a woman to hold a cat as ransom! This story is a bit tricky, so stay with me here:

Linda Urioste's black lab Scobby went missing several weeks ago, but instead of searching for him right away, she assumed he was stolen and gone for good. In the meantime, Scobby had turned up at the animal shelter and was adopted by Jutta Hollar and her husband after being unclaimed for weeks.

Eventually Urioste did check the animal shelter, and the couple learned that the rightful owner was looking for the pup. Upon meeting Urioste, the Hollars decided not to give back Scobby (now renamed Buddy), since Urioste was "extremely rude and threatened to sue."

Here's where things get interesting: Mizy, the Hollar's cat went missing a few days after meeting Urioste, and they received a message from her stating she had Mizy, and wouldn't give her back until they returned Scobby!

To find out what happened next in this tension-filled story, just


After confessing, police arrested Linda Urioste for holding lil Mizy ransom in exchange for the dog. Charges included theft and extortion! Yeesh! What's the lesson here? Always look for your missing dogs, and don't use other pets as ransom!

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Another reason to have your pet microchipped. Not only would the shelter have scanned Scobby and returned him to the rightful owner, but Linda would have been able to legally prove the dog belonged to her if the new owners refused to return the dog. However, since Linda appears to have a few screws loose, I'm guessing Scobby is in a much better place.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
That's a sad story. Poor animals. :(
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
wow! that is crazy!!
amers230 amers230 9 years
another lesson - don't be a moron. who does that?
outofhere outofhere 9 years
One of the first places you call is the animal shelter! I agree with linb, I think Scobby knew exactly what he was doing *lol*
GolferGirl GolferGirl 9 years
Who doesn't go looking for their animal companions when they are missing? WTH?
linb linb 9 years
I think Scobby knew what he was doing when he "went missing".
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 9 years
Yeah, poor cat! I hope everything's all well with the pets now, Buddy might be better off with his new family.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Sounds like she definately has a screw loose somewhere!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Weirdo! Poor kitty!
wren1 wren1 9 years
Umm, she seems a bit troubled.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Who wouldn't look for their pet? That's just crazy. That lady must just be a weirdo. Hopefully all the animals are safe and happy!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Wow, that's crazy! And I agree completely. Definitely look for your lost pets, just don't assume they're gone forever.
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