Bert Clark would give anything to get his dog back — including a $15,000 reward.
Huckleberry, a 3 1/2-year-old chocolate Lab, went missing last weekend. It was believed Huckleberry was taken when he was outside a cafe.
Clark was so distraught over the disappearance of his dog that he offered a $15,000 reward for the return of his dog.
He not only offered money, but he and his friends and family put up posters all around town to try and find Huckleberry. He sat by the phone waiting to hear word about his missing dog.
On Monday morning, Huckleberry was returned safe and sound. Police had received a tip from the alleged doggy-nappers and the dog was reunited with Clark.
Clark said the $15,000 reward that he offered was definitely not excessive. He stated, “This is a member of my family. I’ve never been in this house alone without him. He and I â€“ it’s our house. My life revolves around him. You know the adage: `A dog is man’s best friend.’ Well, he is my best friend.”
Clark was in Florida when Huckleberry disappeared. The dog walker was looking after Huckleberry when he went missing.
When he got the call about Huckleberry, he flew right back home to Canada. He knew he just had to get his best friend back.
Clark added, “He’s a very gentle and trusting kind of dog with a sense of humor … he is a priority in my life. I plan my day around him.”
In an update, two men face a total of nine charges in Huckleberry’s dognapping.
Police arrested Richard Cassibo, 54, and Andrew Footit, 31 for the alleged theft of Huckleberry after they returned the dog to Clark and collected their $15,000 reward.
Clark gave a $10,000 check to Cassibo when he returned Huckleberry. He allegedly told police that he found the dog tied to a park bench.
Clark also donated $5,000 to an animal hospital at Cassibo’s request.
Cassibo and Fottit are charged with conspiracy, corruptly taking a reward, fraud and possession of property obtained by crime.
Cassibo is also charged with public mischief.
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