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Future service dog stolen, unknown person demands 'ransom'
Stolen dog

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Police Department Officer David Stewart was dispatched to Turner Lake Road in Covington in reference to a stolen dog Sept. 4.

According to the CPD incident report, a 6-month-old German Shepard, Goku, was taken from the front porch of the complainant's residence Aug. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The complainant told Stewart Goku was being trained as a service dog and was valued at $800.

Goku did not have an identification chip imbedded, and the complainant told Stewart "The person or persons who took the dog left the collar and service collar that the dog was wearing," the incident report stated.

The complainant registered Goku as missing on multiple website Sept. 1, such as Pawboost Alert, Nextdoor, Cuddles United and more, according to the report.

On Sept. 2, it was reported that the complainant received a text at 2:32 p.m. from an unknown person. The text told the complainant that "for $40 Goku would be returned to her," the report stated. 

"[The complainant] did not believe the 'ransom' was safe and did not agree to meet and pay to get the dog back," according to the report.

On Sept. 4, the complainant received another text at 12:52 p.m. from an unknown person - the number did not match the previous message she received. The unknown person told the complainant "the dog has been purchased from a friend for $40 and that it would be returned to her for $40," the report stated.

"In the texts, the person stated to not involve the police and to come alone to pay the money and retrieve the dog," according to the report. "Again, fearing that she was being set up to be taken advantage of, [the complainant] discontinued the conversation with this person as well."

As of Sept. 5, Goku is still missing, according to the Newton County, GA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets Facebook page.