Woman in dog extortion may have tried to scam more pet owners - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman in dog extortion may have tried to scam more pet owners

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Lashira McClain is accused of attempting to extort money from Anna Bolton, a woman whose dog went missing last week after Memphis police fired shots at both of her animals during a burglary response.

But it seems the alleged extortion wasn't a first for McClain.

Jan Williamson has been searching for her missing black lab, Suzy, since August.

"We've checked with vets in the area, contacted all the shelters in the area, and Craigslist," she said.

Williamson finally received a lead last Friday when someone sent a text message saying they had found Suzy. But the anonymous person demanded Williamson fork over $100 before they would reveal any information.
    
The incident occurred on the same day Bolton received a similar message after she posted an ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding her lab-mix, Violet.

Action News 5 compared the cell phone numbers from both cases and found they matched.
    
McClain may have scoured Craigslist in order to prey on distraught pet owners.
    
"I feel sad for her," says Williamson.
    
Memphis Police say McClain's alleged scam is all too common.
         
They also say additional extortion charges against McClain are likely. 


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