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Gone to the Dog

Published January 11, 2024 | 1 min read

By Sydney Stewart

After withdrawing $4,000 in cash from the bank, Clayton and Carrie Law left the money on the kitchen table for 30 minutes. When they returned, the couple made an unfortunate discovery. Mistaking the cash for a tasty snack, their dog, Cecil, had shredded or eaten all the money. 

“I was shocked,” Clayton said. “It was so out of character for him. He wouldn’t eat food off a coffee table. I was just in shock because it was very unlike him.”

After learning that replacing the damaged notes through the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing could take six months to three years, the couple chose to try and reconstruct as much of the cash as they could to try and replace it at their local bank. They first sorted through the shredded bills, and then waited for Cecil to expel the rest of the money. The couple devised a system of sorting through the dog’s waste to try and match the serial numbers on the ingested bills to tape them together. In the end, the Laws managed to recover about $3,500 of the damaged cash.

The Laws reconstructed as many of the bills as they could. (Photo: Carrie Law)