Stolen Schnauzer Retrieved After Email to Jeff Bezos

A driver delivering dog food for Amazon allegedly dog-napped the pooch first
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2018 12:33 PM CDT
Stolen Schnauzer Retrieved After Email to Jeff Bezos
A miniature schnauzer romps in a field of bluebonnets in Chappell Hill, Texas.   (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Richard Guttfield was playing snooker at his $2 million estate in Buckinghamshire, England, when Wilma, his black miniature schnauzer suddenly disappeared. His only clue: The 11-month-old puppy went missing shortly after an Amazon driver had delivered a package of dog food. The businessman wasn’t certain that there was a connection, but he thought it merited some sleuthing, so he emailed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. “I had no real suspicions,” he said, as reported in Metro, “so I explained it was not a witch hunt. I just wanted to know if the driver could help narrow down the search.” Pretty soon he got a call from a worker at Amazon who asked him to describe his dog. Bingo. The worker had found Wilma at the driver’s home. “He brought her straight over,” Guttfield said. “He was a real star.”

Amazon says that the suspected dognapper will not be doing any more deliveries for the company, per CNBC. "This is inexcusable and does not reflect the high standards we have for our delivery partners," an Amazon spokesperson said in an email. "We take these matters seriously and this individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages for the independent delivery service provider." Meanwhile, Guttfield and Wilma are together again. “Wilma is safe and home now thanks to an amazing effort from a lot of kind-hearted people,” he said on Facebook. He added, “It’s just a miracle I got Wilma back.” Miniature schnauzers sell for about $1,600 in England, reports Metro. (More stories.)

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