Monday, December 09, 2002
"These Guys Are Idiots"
No argument here:
IRVINE, Calif. (Reuters) - They thought they had stolen vicious pit bulls but instead they wound up with purse-sized Chihuahuas known for their timidity.
The men were caught after bringing the dogs, which had ID microchips implanted under their skin, to an animal clinic in a PetSmart pet supply store for an examination and vaccinations.
The store manager said she sensed that the pups were victims of a severe case of mistaken identity. "They asked me, 'What is this?'" Morgenthaler said. "I told them it looked like a Chihuahua mix. They said, 'No way, it's a pit bull.' They didn't believe me. They wanted to ask the veterinarian."
When the men brought the puppies back to the clinic for an exam and shots two days later, Morgenthaler was prepared.
"We said we were going to take them into the back to cut their nails and take their temperatures, and we called the police," she said. "It was pretty scary."
During the examination, the men repeatedly asked the veterinary staff what breed the puppies were, and again insisted that they were not of the diminutive Mexican breed.
"They were pretty perturbed that the puppies they stole were not pit bulls," Morgenthaler said. "They thought they were stealing pit bulls. These guys are idiots."
This sounds like a pretty good argument for implanting microchips in your pet to me. But who could look at a tiny tremulous yipping puppy and think "pit bull"?