Bill Whiting and Edna, his Beagle mix, were inseparable. The pair went to hospitals to cheer up ill patients, and the two were always seen together.
Whiting adopted Edna ten years ago, and they two were the best of friends ever since. They both loved each other, and everyday, Whiting enjoyed hearing the jingling of Edna’s collar tags as she walked.
This all changed on Halloween night. She disappeared when Whiting was visiting a friend. The dog accidentally slipped out when trick-or-treaters rung the doorbell.
Whiting looked everywhere for his missing dog, and the next morning he put up fliers offering a $500 reward for Edna’s return.
Finally, after ten days, Whiting received a call. Two young males were on the phone. One said he was 16 and the other said he was 9. The boys wanted Whiting to pay $600 for the return of Edna.
The boys told Whiting that he was to bring cash to a location at midnight. Whiting agreed to pay the boys, but did not want to meet them at midnight and wanted to meet them in the morning.
He said the boys threatened to kill the dog and repeated, “You don’t believe me, Mister, let me hurt it so you can hear.”
Whiting heard Edna screaming in pain and his heart dropped knowing that these two boys had his dog and wanted to hurt her.
He begged the boys to not hurt Edna and offered them more money if they would not harm her until he could meet them in the morning. Then the boys hung up.
Whiting called the police and authorities took the complaint and entered it as extortion.
At 3 am, Whiting received a second call from the boys. They said, “I’ve killed your dog, it’s dead.”
Whiting tried to then find the phone number that the boys called from. He called Verizon, his service provider, to release his phone records to the police, but Whiting did not receive any help. He said he kept on getting passed around to various people with no answers.
A detective on the case got a search warrant and faxed it to Verizon on November 16. It took 12 days for the company to send over a list of calls made to Whiting. Verizon also charged the police $150 for the search.
A Verizon spokeman said, “the company charges no fee or a nominal one,” but in a “very small percentage of cases, Verizon will charge reimbursement fees for gathering information it does not routinely maintain.”
The detective said that now he must get another search warrant to connect the phone numbers he has to subscribers. He is unsure of how long it will take or what the charges may be.
Meanwhile, Whiting is heartbroken that his beloved dog was needlessly killed. He will never forget his loving Edna.
But what he wants is phone companies to act faster and to provide free assistance to authorities as a “as a public service. It’s not like they have a narrow profit margin.”
Source: Philadelphia Daily News