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Pittsburgh Man May Be Victim of Dog Extortion Plot

by Melanie

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When Mojo and Pudge, two French bulldogs owned by Danny Schwartz of Pittsburgh, PA, were let out into the back yard of his duplex on the 2nd of May and then seemingly disappeared, he thought they got out of the yard and walked away.

“Originally, we just thought they were lost. We went out and printed flyers,” Schwatrz said.

He was in no way ready for what would happen next.

On Saturday, Schwartz was contacted by a man on a private phone number.  The man claimed to have Mojo, and said he paid someone in the Mount Oliver area $250 for the dog.

“He started asking me things like how much did you pay for your dogs, how old are they,” said Schwartz.  “That started to make me anxious because why should it matter.”

When the man had asked about French bulldogs going for around $2000, Schwartz became even more concerned, and that’s when he contacted the police.

Schwartz did end up agreeing to give the man $500 to get Mojo back safely.  They met at a Giant Eagle (gas station and convenience mart) on Wharton Street, in the South Side of Pittsburgh, with police watching.

“That’s when he told me that he knew the guy with Pudge and he lived right up the street from him and he could talk to him for an extra $50,” according to Schwartz.

That is where police stepped in.

The man that had Mojo and claimed to know of the whereabouts of Pudge was taken in for questioning, and was driven to the area he claimed to have bought Mojo from.  Pudge was nowhere to be seen.

Schwatrz is now concerned that Pudge could be hurt, or has been sold to someone else and will never be returned.

“If I get Pudge back, I don’t really care,” said Schwartz to KDKA News during an interview on Tuesday.  “I won’t press charges.  And there is a reward out for him still.”

The reward for Pudge’s safe return is $200, and anyone with any information is urged to contact Officer Christine Luffey at 414-488-8425 or call Zone 3 Station at 414-488-8326