SOQUEL (CBS SF) — Authorities in Santa Cruz County are looking for a German Shepherd who was purportedly being trained by a Soquel resident who then allegedly refused to return the dog to its owner.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said Benjamin Friedenberg was arrested on March 12 for grand theft and embezzlement.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
After offering to train a friend’s dog, Thor, and accepting $1,500 for the training, Friedenberg refused to return the dog once the training period was over, according to police.READ MORE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Police investigators contacted Friedenberg who would not disclose the location of Thor, police said.
He was arrested on charges of embezzlement over $400 and grand theft of an animal, both felonies.MORE NEWS: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
Anyone with information on the case or of Thor’s whereabouts was asked to call detective Jacob Pruger at (831)454-7096.