DETROIT (WJBK) - A case of dog extortion in Detroit.
"It is so devastating for us," said Felicia Morgan. Khloe is with us everywhere we go."
Morgan says they were carrying groceries into their Detroit house on Stoepel last Sunday. Cute Khloe - a white Maltese - shitzu mix went outside to relieve herself. When they came back out - their dog was gone.
"The neighbor told me a younger couple in a dark gray car picked her up and said do you owner and they pointed to my house," Morgan said. "They said they thought they were going to bring the dog down here, but they pulled off."
The couple never brought 8-year-old Khloe back.
"My heart dropped," she said.
Morgan says she immediately began posting fliers offering a $100 reward and going door to door, hoping someone had seen Khloe.
Then last Friday - she received a text saying "I have your dog."
"My heart dropped again," she said. "I call number and nobody answered. I texted back, I said 'Thank you, when can we meet?'"
That's when then the text conversation turned sinister.
"The next message after I said when can we meet was, 'I need $350.' I said, 'Okay that's fine, can you send me picture of her that you have the right dog?'"
The response Morgan got was "I got the mutt, send me the money before I throw the dog on the freeway on Southfield and Eight Mile or I'll run it over with my truck."
They never sent a picture of her dog - and then this message.
"She is gone, no point texting you anymore. She's gone I was just doing you a favor."
Days have passed and concern for Khloe has grown. Her daughter even drew pictures of the efforts to find Khloe.
Felicia and the family visited The Michigan Humane Society everyday hoping someone turns her in.
In the meantime - Khloe's puppy Gigi serves as a reminder of the family dog they desperately want back.
"I really don't know what to think," Morgan said. "I just want my dog back."
Morgan doesn't know if the person is lying, just looking for reward money, or really has the dog. She contact Detroit police but was told they can't do anything unless she is sure the person contacting her really has it.