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Kilgore woman thwarts would-be dog thief

Kilgore woman thwarts would-be dog thief
Longview News Journal

POSTED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:24am

UPDATED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 1:21pm

When Candace Montgomery answered her front door early Thursday, it didn’t take her long to recognize something wasn’t right.

Montgomery thwarted a third attempt this week to steal a pet — in this case a Boston Terrier named Buddy — by suspects impersonating animal control officers or humane society workers.

Montgomery, 57, said a bald, clean-shaven man knocked on the door of her home in the 800 block of Bean Street and said he had a warrant to seize her dog for noise violations.

He appeared professional, she said, dressed in green khaki pants and a green shirt that resembled a uniform. But the clothes bore no emblems, and he had no identification.

“I asked if I could see the warrant and his identification, and he told me it was in his truck,” she said, adding that a white pickup was parked on the street in such a way that she couldn’t see the license plate.

When the man did not produce the requested documents, Montgomery told him to get off of her property. She called Kilgore police.

“I’m disabled. Buddy is my comfort. He knows when I’m sick. He lays up next to me and takes care of me. I can’t imagine someone would take my baby,” she said.

By law, pets in Texas are considered property, so anyone taking one could face charges of theft and, in this case, impersonating a civil servant, a third-degree felony, according to Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian.

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