Lou Labrador retriever

Beloved dog held for ransom, then found dead after heartbroken couple paid the money: Report

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering the dog is still at large

A Minnesota couple said their yellow Labrador retriever who vanished in December was found shot to death Thursday on an island in Buffalo.

Jason Davis told KARE that his dog, named Lou, was last seen at their Delano home on December 21. The couple said they called authorities and, 10 days later, someone named Kevin reached out about their missing dog.

“We just kept thinking it can’t get any worse, it can’t get worse, but then, it did,” Davis told the station.

Davis said Kevin first claimed he wanted to keep the dog because his family grew attached. But his story quickly changed.

“It went from how can I get the dog to you, to what’s he worth to you?” Davis claimed.

We have some very sad news on Lou. Based on a tip from someone following our story, I was led to an island this morning…

Posted by Jason Davis on Thursday, March 1, 2018

The calls reportedly escalated, with Kevin threatening to kill the dog in his final call to the couple.

“I’ve decided to run your dog over so it’s a bag of organs. That’s it. That’s it. It’s gonna happen not just once. I’m reversing it over the mother f**ker until the eyeballs pop out of the skull and then I’m gonna come back home and I’m gonna sleep like a baby,” the caller said, KMSP reported in January.

The couple allegedly decided to pay the $1,200 ransom. Kevin instructed them to drop the money off in a car in downtown St. Paul, and the couple obliged—but Davis said they didn’t get Lou back.

Despite their cooperation, the couple reportedly received a call Thursday from a fisherman that brought the story to a horrifying end.

“I called him right away, I met him here yesterday morning and he drove me out to the island there and ah…brushed the snow off of Lou,” he recalled.

Davis said Lou was shot twice and appeared to have been dead for a couple weeks. He suspects that Lou wasn’t killed on the island but was dumped there after his senseless slaying.

The heartbroken owner also believes that whoever killed Lou knew to discard his body on the island because it would be underwater by spring.

“We’ve not ended the case on the guy who extorted money from us, that case is still ongoing,” Davis said.

“He will be caught. We believe we have enough evidence here very soon to wrap this up and get that guy.”

It is not yet known whether the caller was behind Lou’s death. Davis announced that he and wife Shanna are offering $5,000 for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Wright County Sheriffs Department at 763-682-7622 or the U.S. Fugitive Apprehension Tipline at 612-808-6656.

[Featured Image: Lou/KMSP]