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South Side Man Reunited With French Bulldog Missing In Possible Extortion Plot

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A South Side man has finally been reunited with his French Bulldog, Pudge, that disappeared from his front yard two weeks ago with his other dog, Mojo.

Danny Schwartz, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, lives on the South Side Slopes.

At first, Schwartz thought his two, 6-month-old dogs might have run off, but later he feared Pudge and Mojo had been taken in an alleged canine extortion plot.

After the dogs vanished, he posted fliers offering a reward.

“I got multiple calls about other dog,” said Schwartz. “I’m like, ‘Oh, no, that’s not him. Sorry, but thanks for looking.’”

Then, he started getting strange calls from someone seeking more money if the caller was willing to provide Schwartz with more information.

Pittsburgh Police got involved, questioning one man, but no arrests were made.

A woman spotted Pudge on Friday afternoon, around the corner from her house in Pittsburgh’s Elliot neighborhood, on the other side of town.

“He was just out in the rain, hiding under a car, and he ran up to my car, so he gave me no choice but to bring him home,” said Tammy Hays. “I’m very happy he’s with his family and he’s safe and sound. He came missing from the South Side; I don’t know how he ended up over here.”

Schwartz and Pudge were then reunited at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society shelter on the North Side.

“Nobody’s being charged. We’re just happy we got our dog back,” Schwartz added.

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