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Pooch swallows $5,000 snack

February 12th, 2007, 04:44 PM
RAISINVILLE TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) -- Tina Burlett thought someone broke into her house and stole her custom-made, $5,000 wedding ring, so she called the police.

But Burlett's grandmother had a different suspect in mind: the family pooch.

X-rays proved the grandmother right. The valuable bauble was inside the belly of Burlett's pit bull, Missy, who has a taste for diamonds. (Watch evidence of the dog's expensive taste )

"I couldn't believe it," Burlett told The Monroe Evening News for a story Thursday. "I didn't think so at the time, but it's funny now."

Missy had previously been caught gnawing on VCRs, electric blankets and even Burlett's diamond earring.

Dr. Linda Fung of the Country Creek Animal Hospital said she was not surprised to learn that Missy swallowed jewelry.

"I did have a dog eat a watch once," Fung said. "Animals swallow a lot of stuff. It's not an unusual thing. We just made her throw it up."

Fung gave Missy some peroxide and the ring came out intact