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Published on April 16th 2024
Cecil, a beautifully behaved dog, who ate $4,000.

Cecil with owner Carrie Law
Cecil with owner Carrie Law. Photo: pghcitypaper.com

How did this happen?

It cost $4,000 to fence their Pittsburgh home so Clayton Law withdrew the money from the bank, put it in an envelope and placed it on the kitchen counter.

A 1/2 hour later, after discovering tiny pieces of the money chewed-up and scattered on the floor, Clayton cried out for his wife Carrie.

"He was shouting, 'Cecil ate $4,000!'" Carrie told The Washington Post. When she saw the mess, "I thought I was going to have a heart attack."

Cecil with Clayton Law
Cecil with owner Clayton Law. Photo: nypost.com

"We couldn't believe it," said Clayton. "We looked at each other and said, 'What are we going to do?'"

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They called the vet, who assured them this goldendoodle would be fine, as long as he could eat and drink and use the bathroom.

Knowing Cecil was safe, it was all hands-on deck, including 7-year-old Cecil, and 2-year-old baby Rory to see what could be salvaged.


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Clayton and Carrie cobbled-together about $1,500 in taped pieces of chewed-up bills and took it to their bank for replacement.

But inside of Cecil was another $2,500. And there was only one way to collect it.

Wearing a mask and gloves, and with plastic bags, Clayton joined Cecil in his bathroom breaks for the next two days.

He and Carrie then filtered Cecil's droppings in a utility sink using dish soap.


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Clayton and Carrie salvaged about $1800, bringing their total to roughly $3550, and appealed to The U.S. Treasury for $1800 in replacement bills.

And they posted their story on Instagram, drawing over 200,000 likes.

"We've kept at least one of the torn-up bills so we can do a piece of artwork and frame it to commemorate the entire situation," said Carrie.

"Not that we'd ever forget," she added.

Editor's Note: To learn more washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2024/01/03/cecil-dog-eat-money-cash/, pghcitypaper.com/news/this-pittsburgh-couples-dog-ate-4000-but-they-got-almost-all-of-it-back-25086553 and instagram.com/.

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