Fort Worth Couple, Reunited With Stolen Dog, Plan to Press Charges Against Reddit Petnapper

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Heidi, during her nearly week-long captivity.
It's been a traumatic and deeply strange week for Crawford and Mary Clay Gupton. After last week's ice storm, someone sawed the lock off the gate of their Fort Worth backyard and stole Heidi, their greater Swiss mountain dog. Then the thief, using the handle dogthedogsaver, took to Reddit to taunt the Guptons.

"Hi there Asshole," the thief wrote in their original post before attacking the Guptons for leaving their dog outside for hours in cold, icy weather and more generally allowing it to live in squalor and neglect. "Heidi is so much happier now. She whines at the door when her new daddy leaves, has a huge back yard to play in and two other dogs her size to play around with. Oh, and she has a doggie door so she can go in and out whenever she wants."

The Guptons say -- and there's no evidence to suggest otherwise -- that they are responsible pet owners who were merely giving Heidi the opportunity to do what a greater Swiss mountain dog is bred to do, which is to run around in the cold. Both were taken back by the hostility that flowed their way, from dogthedogsaver and her allies on Reddit.

"We know what kind of dog owners we are and how unbelievably spoiled are dog is," Crawford Gupton told Unfair Park this morning.

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Dogthedogsaver isn't quite ready to admit that, but once the narrative began to shift, from Heroic Redditor rescues freezing pup! to Vigilante asshole steals couple's beloved pet!, she decided to return the dog.

The hand-off went down on Thursday evening in the parking lot of the Central Market at Hulen Road and Interstate 30. Gupton says it was arranged by a Reddit moderator, who was going to act as a neutral party, retrieving Heidi from dogthedogsaver, then handing her over to the Guptons.

But that's not quite how things went down. The Guptons showed up at the appointed time and waited for an hour. The moderator, who they watched from a distance, was getting antsy, saying he would have to leave to get back to his family, when they spotted Heidi being walked through the parking lot by a young woman.

"Screw this," Gupton remembers thinking. "Screw the moderator... I can just run over there and take the dog."

Mary Clay got to Heidi first. Crawford was close behind, peppering the mystery woman with questions about her identity and why she took the dog.

The woman didn't answer, but according to WFAA she later took to Reddit to taunt the Guptons just a little bit more. "They charged me and demanded my name," the comment read. "So much for no confrontation or questions.

"Oh [by the way], I gave them money to repair the lock and the first words out of her mouth were 'give me THE [expletive] dog!' Way to be personally attached to your sweet puppy ... I'm done here. Please take better care of Heidi going forward."

Dogthedogsaver's profile has since disappeared from Reddit.

Gupton says Fort Worth PD is on the case (they have yet to return calls seeking comment) and that they have "a really strong lead." If and when the thief is caught, Gupton says he plans to pursue criminal charges, unless the thief comes clean and agree to move away once their lease is up.

"If they were to apologize and just admit what they did -- and I'm serious -- I would not press charges."

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robizzle
robizzle

I had two dogs stolen from my back yard back in 2004.

They were pit bulls.  The teenaged thieves blasted about it on MySpace.

We tracked them to 3 different homes until we snatched them back from the new owner, who called the police on us.  


It never made the news. And we got our dogs back. 

This was before owning a dog was "the new black." 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Click bait - it worked.

Mention Reddit, and Reddit users get all excited - glad to be taken seriously, or upset to be mocked - they're just happy not to be ignored.

That's why they do stuff like kidnap dogs, misidentify terrorism suspects, and randomly punch strangers on the street - so they'll feel like they've done SOMETHING.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Sarc on/ What is the world coming to?  You sneak over to somebody's house, cut the lock off their gate, steal their dog, publicly taunted them over the internet and they unreasonably want to press charges.  Sarc/off

obbopp
obbopp

Not surprised by the dames self-centered emotion-laden actions, behavior and mannerisms.  USA broads are generally isolated from their misbehaviors and anti-social actions. Males TEND to know that their anti-social actions can lead to fisticuffs or a strong action via law enforcement.


The girls have been demanding equality and they should receive it, in both positive and negative forms.

Time for you girls to grow up and experience the realities of adult life.

blackrambo1026
blackrambo1026

The charges should be pressed against the original owners for abuse

thecrud
thecrud

Original owners seem like scum.

tdkisok
tdkisok

I hope that woman gets charged. I bet if she got drunk and killed 4 people it wouldn't be her fault either.

Djonbrown
Djonbrown

Why is there so much energy wasted on this, or folks just bored at work today

cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

The person who took the dog committed a burglary when she broke the lock and entered another persons property. She then stole another persons property and taunted them. It has less to do with the dog than it does with the thieves ego. She should be prosecuted and if found guilty, jailed.

Dogs that were bred in cold climates were done so to survive better in that climate. Anyone with a Great Pyrenees, Swiss Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever or any other cold climate breeds can attest to their heartiness. These dogs love the cold and thrive in it. The thief is not only ignorant, but she is also a reprehensible person.  

bifftannen
bifftannen

"We know what kind of dog owners we are"


What the fuck does that even mean? We're the greatest people we know!!

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

From "Swissys in the South" webpage: 


"Heat exhaustion and heat stroke happens fast and is extremely dangerous for the GSMD.  Remember the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was bred to survive in extreme cold weather.  The undercoat that protects the GSMD in their native Switzerland makes training or even walks in temperatures over 80 degrees too dangerous to risk.

"Dogs are hard-wired to be dogs.  They do not understand when they are getting hot and will follow your lead in training, walking, or playing until they drop.  Once owners understand how a dog's body reacts to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, you won't take that risk.  Warning - the next paragraph may be disturbing to think about but is critical to understand.


"Normally your dog's temperature is less than 103 degrees.  Your dog's ability to safely regulate body temperature is affected by an increase in only 2 degrees to 105 degrees.  At 107 degrees, your dog's blood becomes so hot it starts a process that boils the internal organs.  The move from heat exhaustion to heat stroke to death can occur in 10 to 15 minutes."


http://www.southboundgsmdc.org/swissys-in-the-south.html


sherilenoir
sherilenoir

I am glad pd. is stomping this person down for the holidays. Screw your harmless prank where no one got hurt- you going to jail now. I wonder how many thousands of tax bux this will cost us all.

Tip from me, when the cops come don't resist, pause or mouth off at all, they shoot you for stuttering in this town.

rubberduky
rubberduky

Fuck that FAT ASS DOG NAPPER. Texas is a great state where if someone is breaking into your backyard or home you can shoot their stupid ass and not think twice. And sawing off a lock is a huge no no and show intent to go where you are not allowed. Best interest or not there are still laws in place that could have been effected such as ........ Animal control or humane society, and I am positive one of them would have come out especially in the climate of that day. I love the wanna be Kick Ass hero's that foul up and get into legal trouble. I hope they catch her dumb ass.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

As God is my witness!  Myrna is NOT the mysterious lady.  Not! 

megustoreggae7387
megustoreggae7387

You left your dog outside for hours. You're retarded. Even if they broke a stupid lock, this person obviously had the dog's best interest at heart. Get over it. You got yoir dog back and your money for the lock-criminal charges? Ruining someone's life over a fucking lock? There's no harm done to the dog or you personally. Asses.

Scistem
Scistem

So much for “We DO NOT want revenge, we just want our dog back,” and "no questions!"

lateNightMilf
lateNightMilf

LOL this lady an her fake cry on tv this morning what a looser!

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Eric, enough already. This was a stale/boring story from the get go.

robizzle
robizzle

FYI,  we called the police, put up signs and went to the shelters every day.  The only thing that worked were the signs, which we were ticketed for posting by the police.  Got to love Arlington.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@thecrud 


You seem like an idiot. Have a family member taken away fro you and see how you react.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Djonbrown

It's because Reddit is emerging as a clearinghouse for psychopaths.

It's not just about this one dog, it's about a broader pattern of criminal misconduct - coordinated on the web site, and in this case, by one of the site moderators.


When someone is too crazy for the Tea Party, they join Reddit.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@cajunscouse9

She didn't do this to be a nuisance.  She did it because she's a weak little person, trying foolish ways to become worthwhile.

Reddit is chock full of such little people.



animas
animas

@JimSX Glad it turned out OK and Heidi is back at her own chalet.  How did Dorothy and Penny like chasing the birds in cold weather?--talk about hard wired-and fun loving pups.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@JimSX

My 2 pyrs, which are cousins to the GSMD and share the double coat, did not want to come in out of the cold. They ran around when it was falling, rolled in it when it was on the ground, and enjoyed playing in the cold so much we had to go out and force them back inside (too much barking to keep them out at night). oh, they also enjoyed eating the big pieces of ice...

The fact that the gate had a lock on it shows these owners were not too lackidasical about their responsibilities.

if this was a story about the dogs being left outside in 110 degrees with no water, maybe there would be a reason to intervene. but it's not, it's a story about an idiot who lacks an understanding of the breed.

If someone stole my dogs I'd likely press charges, too. these pets are like my kids....except the dogs are always happy to see me.

gm0622
gm0622

Oh no, please mouth off to the PD, look like you are resisting. You grew up to be an asshole, let the cops finish the job.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@rubberduky In the previous article, it said animal control wouldn't come out due to the ice, so you assume incorrectly.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@megustoreggae7387Dear Megustoreggae -- There's a cherry 1965 Mustang left out in the driveway down the street. It's not even in the carport out of the rain and cold and the inspection sticker's expired and there's a dent in the right door -- all obvious signs of shameful neglect. Would it be all right if I popped the door lock, hot-wired it and took it home? I promise not to do it any harm. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@megustoreggae7387As a kid, I left my north american huskies outdoors all winter in Colorado, along with our Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel.  Not for a little bit each day,  all winter.  The dogs lived outdoors.  The dog in question here, to my understanding, is even more cold hardy than the husky.  Keeping them locked up inside during the rare occasion Dallas has weather these dogs were bred for would have been cruel.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@megustoreggae7387Ah, megus, if only more victims of theft would take that attitude. Instead, we have laws and police and penalties and prisons and all sorts of inconveniences.

lateNightMilf
lateNightMilf

would be funny if the dog runs away this summer

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@animas 

Penny has fun. Dorothy is a murderess.

rubberduky
rubberduky

Uhh Mr. Justice look very carefully at the part which I copied and pasted from my own reply ( and I am positive one of them would have come out especially in the climate of that day. ) I never mentioned ICE anywhere in my previous posting. I hope for all things that you are not an English teacher or aspiring writer. Please try again.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@bmarvel @megustoreggae7387 It can't be that cherry if there's a dent in the door.

But I like the analogy. I know of a '63 Vette in similar circumstances.

LawngDawngSilver
LawngDawngSilver

makes me wonder if Scotty even know what a vagina is from reading your post

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@animas

the drool isn't so bad, it's their way of showing love.

have you ever been around a newfoundland? man, those newf's can put out the slobber....

rubberduky
rubberduky

My grammar is just fine. Here's an example. " Rubberduky says alteredjustuce is a pimple popping, popsicle sitting, pussy in the pants, pansy, who needs to let his dog stop molesting him in his car bed ( how about a nice bone--LOL ). See, no run on sentences, no fragmented sentences, correct punctuation. Not bad huh ?. I remember all of my grammatical rules asshole. I can go all night, you fucking Nazi. Merci ;)

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@rubberduky I never claimed you said anything about ice. I said the previous article mentioned that animal control wouldn't come out due to ice. What you typed out has nothing to do with what actually happened.


For someone who talks shit about English, your grammar is pitiful at best. You also are seemingly illiterate, yet quick to jump to typing bullshit.


You're the one who should try again.

CheeseFries
CheeseFries

lol Docuher Delkus, stupid is as stupid does.......

Pete_Delkus_Sleeves
Pete_Delkus_Sleeves

@LawngDawngSilver so what you are saying is you still don't understand how to use lose and loose correctly in a sentence?  reddit is full of smart intelligent people, the ones coming here to comment are not those redditers. 

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