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Woman steals shar-pei puppy already promised to someone else

WHAT do 101 Dalmatians villain Cruela De Vil and Ipswich resident Amarnie Ritter have in common?

Both women will stop at nothing to get their hands on the puppies they want.

Ritter, 21, pleaded guilty to stealing at Ipswich Magistrates Court after she stole a shar-pei puppy from a home in Bellbird Park.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly said the pup was part of a litter that had been advertised for sale online.

Ritter attended the address with her boyfriend to look at the dogs and was smitten by one particular cream-coloured shar-pei.

Unfortunately for her, the pup had already been promised to another buyer.

Not wanting to take no for an answer, Ritter offered double the original price for the dog.

When the owner refused, she raised the offer even more.

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After that didn't work, she stole the puppy when the owner wasn't looking and drove off.

As chance would have it, after the incident took place, the owner recognised the vehicle Ritter had arrived in, parked at a Woolworths in Collingwood Park.

The owner followed Ritter to her address on Collins St, observed her boyfriend walking the stolen puppy and informed police.

Officers attended the residence and found the puppy hidden in the bottom of a cupboard.

When quizzed by police about the dog, the couple said the shar-pei had been a gift from Ritter's father.

But when police called her dad, he said he had not purchased any puppy for his daughter.

In addition to stealing, Ritter was also charged with other offences for unrelated incidents.

She was convicted and fined $800. No conviction was recorded. The puppy was returned to its owner.

 

Shar-Pei history

  • An ancient breed originating in China, the shar-pei would protect its owner's farms and property and was believed to have been used in dog fights.
  • The breed became popular in Australia after the appearance of a pup called Rolly on a TV commercial for Purex toilet paper.
  • There are about 600-700 registered shar-pei in Australia.

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