Memphis woman charged with extortion in missing dog case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis woman charged with extortion in missing dog case

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman has been charged with extortion in the case of a missing dog.

Lashira McClain is accused of attempting to extort money from Anna Bolton, a woman whose dog went missing Thursday after Memphis police shot at both of her animals.

Bing, a yellow lab-mix, was wounded. Violet, a black lab-mix, hasn't been seen since.

Officers claim the family pets charged at them as they entered Bolton's backyard in the High Point Terrace neighborhood. Police arrived at Bolton's home after her burglar alarm went off.

Bolton says droves of people in the community have volunteered to help locate Violet.

"My phone is ringing off the hook with people trying to help - e-mail, Facebook - I've just been bombarded in a good way, and I'm so appreciative, she said.

But police say McClain was arrested for trying to take advantage of Bolton's situation. She has been released, and police say she did not have the dog. They did not provide additional details.

Bing is still recovering at an animal hospital, and the Memphis SPCA has set up a reward to help find Violet. To donate, click here and then click on the 'donate' link on the bottom of the page.

A Memphis Police Department spokesperson said Memphis police have shot 48 dogs since the beginning of the year.

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