Suspected Dognapper Behind Bars

A rural Stoddard family who were the victims of a dognapping have their dog back. And the dognapper is behind bars.

Police arrested a 35-year-old man Friday for stealing a dog outside an Onalaska church.

Police say he watched the newspaper for the owner to offer a reward and when they did -- offering 200 dollars -- he called and said the dog would be returned only for 450 dollars.

The owner reluctantly agreed to pay it and the owner and police set up a sting at an Onalaska park, where police arrested the man.

The man claimed he did not steal the dog and that he was just holding the animal for his girlfriend, who recently purchased the dog.

The man could face a felony charge of theft of a domestic animal.

He is being held in jail and will make his initial court appearance Monday.

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