Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Until this afternoon, little was known about the wild thief responsible for stealing over 369 hot dogs from backyard barbeques, picnics, and other impromptu events all over the Lynnwood area.
Hagrid, a 5-year-old, neutered, Chocolate Point Siamese was captured today at a Port of Edmonds picnic after he snagged yet another 10-pack of jumbo-sized wieners and attempted a hasty exit.
Most cats agree that stealing hot dogs, with or without the bun, is immoral and wrong. But some say that it can be a necessary way of life, if circumstances present themselves.
Myrtle said “It was stripped from my bare hands…”
“It has been getting pretty scary,” said Myrtle, a 7-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair and party planner. “It is hard to plan out an event because he’d show up and steal half or more of the food and there’d be nothing left to eat…I was losing money.”
Hagrid, caught red-handed by Edmonds Police, blushed and admitted to the months of thievery he’d pulled off. Myrtle also said at one point Hagrid stripped a hot dog 'right from my bare hands' at one picnic she’d catered.
We ask ourselves why someone would take a hot dog that doesn't belong to them. We also ask ourselves how those cats are able to go on day by day knowing that they have cheated someone or some company out of a hot dog and or a hot toasted bun earned by repetitious, hard work.
At one point, police used this cat as bait, but the act proved fruitless
The first reason cats think of when it comes to thievery is money, or the lack thereof. In Hagrid’s case, he had plenty of money, leaving us to wonder why he turned to a life of petty crime.
Some cats steal due to obsession. They can't help themselves and they steal just to get the rush or high, almost like what they would get from a drug. A cat who steals out of obsession will take anything they can get their paws on just to see if they can get away with it.
Hagrid told police he began stealing extra hot dogs at picnics and other events that he himself was invited to. The rush he got from the secret thievery he said was matched only by ‘base jumping’ and ‘watching movies about baby piglets.’
Hagrid bragged to have also robbed the Weinermobile
What started as a silly, selfish prank eventually spun out of control and Hagrid found himself pulling his car over at random barbeques and events, and sneaking in to steal weenies. He told police psychiatrists today that he soon became ‘obsessed with hot dogs.’
“I admit to my crimes,” Hagrid said in a statement to the public. “I can only say that I am a victim of addiction and that I hope you will accept my apologies and thanks for all the weenies I have eaten.”
At one point during his initial interview, Hagrid bragged that he’d stolen over 25 hot dogs with buns from the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile at a press conference in Seattle.
Hagrid will be treated for what is being called an obsessive-compulsive hot dog disorder and will see a therapist three times a week while charges are pending. He is currently awaiting a bail hearing at the Snohomish County Jail.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Photos: Random Hot Dog Mania
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 9:55 AM