Money can’t buy back dog

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CHRIS GREEN­WOOD

WITH a bil­lion­aire for a fa­ther, Tariq Al Habtoor is per­haps used to get­ting what he wants.

So when the 22-yearold de­cided that giv­ing his Labrador to a fel­low stu­dent was a mis­take, he as­sumed money would get the dog back.

But Roseanna Mor­gan re­fused his of­fer of £1 500 (R25 450), say­ing Ozzy was not for sale.

Habtoor, from Dubai, then dog­napped the an­i­mal in the dead of night. His mis­sion suc­ceeded – but he gave him­self away by doc­u­ment­ing his move­ments on Twit­ter.

Yes­ter­day, a judge threw out his ap­peal against a com­mu­nity sen­tence for the theft and im­posed a sus­pended jail sen­tence.

The saga be­gan last De­cem­ber when Habtoor of­fered Ozzy for free, say­ing the one- year- old needed more space and a fam­ily to play with.

He posted a pic­ture of the dog on a Kingston Univer­sity web­site.

Mor­gan, 22, and her boyfriend, Joshua Gold, 23, stepped in and took Ozzy to Gold’s fam­ily farm in Chislet, Kent.

But two weeks later Al Habtoor de­cided he wanted the dog back and made his £1 500 of­fer.

It was re­jected and on March 28 he drove to the farm to kid­nap Ozzy. – Daily Mail

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