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Man Catches Dognapper in the Act

by Melanie

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12.7.13 - Man Catches Dognapper
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A Florida man caught a neighbor trying to steal his daughter’s Alaskan husky in the act. It was not the first time the man tried to steal the dog, but hopefully now it will be his last.

“I caught him right in the act,” said David Cudney.

Lee county sheriff’s deputies say Cudney glimpsed 65-year-old David Motter trying to take his daughter’s husky from her yard on Thursday morning.

“I walked over to him and I said that is my daughter’s dog,” he explained.

He grabbed the dog from Motter and put him inside his car. But Motter was determined to have the husky.

“I threw the dog in the backseat and that’s when he started running towards me,” said Cudney. “He actually bent down like this and he was running like this. I told the cop it’s like he was bull charging me like a bull.”

Motter took off, but Cudney got inside his car and followed the would-be thief for 15 minutes, with police on his phone the entire time so they could track them.

Motter was arrested but later bonded out of jail. His charges include trespassing, grand theft and resisting an officer.

Crystal Cudney says the man lives right around the corner and has stolen her pets a number of times, but she was never able to catch him red-handed. She is hopeful now that his dognapping days are over.