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Miniature schnauzer dognapped in Oklahoma ends up in Moreno Valley

February 25, 2011 |  8:23 am

Rebel and Marla are back together again after an alleged kidnapping, a daring escape and intervention from law enforcement.

Rebel is a 5-year-old miniature schnauzer. Marla Devoe is his 53-year-old owner in Oklahoma City.

The allegedly kidnappers--or dognappers, if you will--were acquaintances of Devoe who she says took Rebel from her backyard in April while she was in the hospital and brought him to California.

A story in Friday's Riverside Press-Enterprise recounts Rebel’s “long, strange trip” from Oklahoma to the Moreno Valley, where he ran off and was picked up by animal control officers.

Those officers were able to track down Devoe through information in a microchip worn by Rebel.

She bought him a plane ticket and on Thursday, according to the newspaper, Rebel flew home to Oklahoma.

Devoe, who said she was unsure whether she would press theft charges, planned to greet Rebel with a big dog biscuit.


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