Two arrested in alleged theft of dog from Woodland

first_imgTwo men were arrested in connection with the alleged theft of Jaggar, an English bulldog that was reported missing from a Woodland woman’s home in early October and found dead later in the month, officials said.Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jesse James Clark, 38, of Kelso and Johnny Lee Jordan, 39, of Longview on Wednesday.According to a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office release, Clark was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and giving false and misleading statements to a law enforcement officer. Jordan was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and extortion.Additional arrests and additional charges for Clark and Jordan are still a possibility, the release said.Corey Huffine, chief administrative deputy with the sheriff’s office said Clark and Jordan aren’t facing animal cruelty charges because prosecutors would have to prove in court that they are the ones that killed the dog. As of right now, investigators can’t specifically say why the dog was killed or who did it, he said.Jaggar’s owner Jennifer Thomas first reported the dog missing on Oct. 4. Three days later, she said she received threatening text messages demanding cash and prescription pain medication for the dog’s safe return.Corroborating evidence in the investigation began to surface when the case drew media attention, the sheriff’s office said.On Oct. 24, the sheriff’s office received a tip from a resident who reported seeing the body of a dog lying along railroad tracks in Kelso. It appears the dog was killed, placed on the railroad tracks and hit by a passing train, the release said.last_img