View Full Version : Man Pays $10,000 to Get Dog Back

Oct 7th, 2004, 01:21 AM

[ Read the original story (http://www.recordnet.com/articlelink/072804/news/articles/072804-gn-1.php#) ] For those of you who have not yet heard the story of Frank Compton (http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&edition=us&ie=ascii&q=frank+compton+dog&btnG=Search+News) and his dog, Sandy, let me see if I can summarize it for you. Frank Compton is an 80-year old widower living with his dog, Sandy, in Rancho Calaveras, California. He and his dog have lived alone since Frank's wife died four years ago. On July 20th, Sandy vanished. When the dog didn't return by morning, Frank went around town hanging up fliers asking for help finding his companion. Later that afternoon, he got a call, but it wasn't from a friendly citizen trying to help.

Instead, the caller claimed to have his dog, but demanded $10,000 for Sandy's safe return. The caller told him that if he didn't pay up, his dog was a goner. Frank couldn't let anything happen to his beloved pet, so he agreed to meet the caller with the money. Frank gathered up the $10,000, which represented about half of his life-savings, and met the "dognapper" at the agreed location. When he arrived, the thug pulled a knife and demanded the money. Frank was told that his dog was just up the road waiting for him, so he gave the assailant the money and went in search of his Sandy. Sandy, unfortunately, was nowhere to be found.

Fortunately, the story doesn't end there. Later that day, Sandy returned. Frank heard a door slam outside his house and a minute later, he heard Sandy's familiar bark in the back yard. Some anonymous stranger had returned his dog. He doesn't believe that the "dognapper" ever actually had Sandy.


Oct 7th, 2004, 01:26 AM
hope he gets his money back, somehow. :)

Oct 7th, 2004, 01:32 AM
Is that dog a Bichon Frise because it looks my dog! I love those dogs!

Oct 7th, 2004, 01:32 AM
Gosh that's terrible :mad::hysteric::sad: People can be so....ugh :o.

Oct 7th, 2004, 01:33 AM
Exactly, there are some truly evil people out there and I hate elderly abuse as bad as I hate animal abuse. I know this happened several months ago but I thought I'd add it here. I figure every little bit helps.

Oct 7th, 2004, 01:35 AM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Oct 7th, 2004, 12:56 PM
Story was reported by a credible news source so I don't think it's a scam.

Helen Lawson
Oct 7th, 2004, 01:06 PM
I'd pay $10K for the twins if they got kidnapped, but I wouldn't turn the money over until I had them in my sight. If someone kidnapped Carole Anne, my personal assistant, and they demanded $10K, I think I'd let them keep her, I mean, if she's dumb enough to get into a van like that, that's her own fault.

In fact, once, and I can't name names, this husband of a superstar actress friend of mine, he was kidnapped, and they demanded $1 million. They had sort of a bad marriage and when the kidnappers called with the ransom demand, she got confused and thought they wanted $1 million to KEEP him, and so she called me and wanted to get my advice, she thought the price was steep, but it was cheaper than a divorce with community property, alimony and all. This didn't sound right to me, so we called the kidnappers back for clarification (this was before you could trace a call) and we found out the real deal. She called the FBI and they got him back, and she was just more pissed that she'd toiled over whether to pay for them to keep him when that wasn't what they wanted at all. We've never spoken about this to anyone, so keep it a secret.

I feel bad for the guy, that's mean. I bet a local TV station will do a collection for him.