Disabled veteran's chihuahua held for ransom

Police set up sting operation to retrieve dog


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Police said two men intended to keep a disabled veteran's chihuahua for ransom.

Charles Stone from the Southside said the men took his 6-year-old chihuahua, "Guero," and held the dog ransom.

"It was a great loss to me, I didn't sleep for several days ... I woke up, just trying to back to sleep," said Stone.

The men said Stone owed them upwards of $1,500. Because Stone wasn't timely in paying up, the men also allegedly tried to charge him interest.

Police set up a sting operation and arrested the men on Wednesday.

"It is an unusual crime, but it is something that these detectives took seriously and they were happy to be able to reunite this gentleman with his dog," said Sergeant Javier Salazar, with SAPD.

Police said Stone had been separated from Guero for about two weeks.

The two men, whose names have not yet been released, are facing a charge of theft of a disabled person, which is a felony.

"It's good to have him back, I missed my dog," said Stone. "I don't want to be bothered by these people anymore."

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