Paper-eating pooch gobbles soccer club's cash

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by VANESSA VAN HYFTE / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 8 at 11:21 PM

SEATTLE – Bill Fry couldn't believe his good fortune-waking up to a crisp $50 bill on his deck. But that joy turned to panic when he discovered that found money came from an empty envelope on his dresser.

Fry is the president of the West Seattle Soccer Club. The envelope contained $1,500 from soccer fundraising.

"I felt angry, embarrassed, panicked," said Fry.

It didn't take long to sniff out the suspect. Cosmo the cash-eating dog was in big doo doo.

"It must have been a great smell," said Fry. "He would have had to put his paws up on the  dresser to get it, grabbed the envelope."

The 5-year-old lab-shepherd mix did his best to bury his new treasures.

"I saw a spot where Cosmo had dug, I started digging and I barely got below the surface before I found a wad of bills," said Fry.

Fry uncovered other valuables, including a new baseball, but no trace of the $900 worth of checks. Only half of the $600 was found. The other half, well, only Cosmo knows.

"So we're just convinced that he ate it," said Fry.

Two days later Cosmo made a final "deposit."

"Found two halves of 50 bill poking out," said Fry.

Believe it or not, this isn't Cosmo's first run-in with the law, he stole a wallet a few months back and buried it in the yard.

"Found the wallet it in the yard six weeks later after his initial theft and got it out to eat it," said Fry.

All told, Cosmo ate $300 in cash and $900 worth of checks. Fry says he will make good on all the losses, but is asking soccer parents who paid by check to send a replacement.

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