In an astonishing turn of events, a dog from Pennsylvania left both its owners and the veterinarian flabbergasted by devouring a significant sum of $4,000 in cash.
Cecil, a seven-year-old goldendoodle hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is typically known for his well-behaved nature, as attested by his owners, Clayton and Carrie Law.
However, the unexpected occurred last month when Cecil seized the opportunity to consume $4,000 in cash that had been casually resting on the Laws’ kitchen counter, awaiting its intended storage.
Carrie Law, 33, expressed her shock, stating, “This dog, I swear to God, has never touched anything in his life.” The startling situation escalated when Clayton, 34, urgently shouted, “Cecil’s eating $4,000!!!!!” This announcement nearly caused Carrie to have a heart attack.
The funds in question had been withdrawn from the couple’s joint savings account, as reported by the Washington Post. Shockingly, within just 30 minutes of retrieving the funds from their local bank, Cecil had devoured the cash, leaving behind only torn fragments.
In a state of panic, the couple promptly sought guidance from Cecil’s vet to determine if the canine required any medical attention. Fortunately, given Cecil’s size, the Post reported that monitoring the dog at home was sufficient.
The couple then faced the arduous task of reconstructing the remaining bills that Cecil had yet to chew and those he had already ingested.
The bank, surprisingly unfazed by the peculiarity of the situation, informed the couple that money-related mishaps involving dogs are not uncommon. They reassured the Laws that, as long as the serial numbers on the bills were visible, the bank would accept the chewed money.
Despite Cecil regurgitating some of the ingested money, the Laws had to retrieve a considerable portion through the dog’s bowel movements. In Carrie’s own words to the City Paper, “There we are at the utility sink,” she said, “[We were] washing this less-than-desirable money, yelling ‘Yay! Yes! We got one!’ It smelled so bad.”
Carrie, reflecting on the unusual experience, told the Post that she had “never thought” she would be “able to say I’ve laundered money, but there is apparently a first time for everything.”
After meticulously piecing together the torn fragments, both from the exterior and interior of Cecil, the Laws managed to salvage nearly all of the money that had been consumed. Remarkably, the couple incurred a loss of only $450 from the entire ordeal.
To share the bizarre incident, the Laws posted a video on Instagram, where news of Cecil’s misadventures quickly gained viral status.
“The puzzle no one wanted to complete this Christmas,” one user wrote.
Another commenter humorously declared they would refrain from requesting a dog as a Christmas gift.
Cecil is not the sole canine culprit in recent times, as reported by Newsweek, with a Florida woman’s Labrador going viral last year for chewing up nearly $2,000 worth of cash.