Chula vista family gets ransom demand for lost pug

Posted at 9:10 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 00:17:22-04

The owner a lost pug is desperate for tips, after getting a text saying Teddy Bear can come home for a price.

Early Easter morning, three of his dogs opened up the screen door to the garage and disappeared out the garage door.

A frantic search followed, including posts on social media.                

Just before 7 a.m. Willer's wife got a text from someone claiming a friend found Teddy Bear, the 3-year-old pug.

Willer says when they called him, he asked about a reward and they replied there was none. Soon after, came a photo of the pug's tag.

Then came a text and a demand for $400.                                   

Outraged, the Willers texted back that they were calling the police, and they did. Later, a family friend and private investigator traced the mystery caller's number later traced to a disposable phone.                  

Willer posted the number on Facebook and soon after, the phone was disconnected. Meantime, the other two missing dogs -- recovered after neighbors found them in their yards.      

But it's the one that's not here that Willer can't stop thinking about.                                       

“Karma or dogma in this case is going to get them," Willer said. "We just want our dog back, no questions asked."