2 arrested in Cowlitz County dognapping

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office says two people have been arrested in the theft of an English bulldog that was held for ransom and later found dead.

The Daily News of Longview reports (p://bit.ly/tULVak) that 38-year-old Jesse James Clark of Kelso and 39-year-old Johnny Lee Jordan were arrested Tuesday for investigation of charges that include possessing stolen property, extortion and giving false statements to law enforcement.

The dog, named Jagger, vanished from his owner's home in Woodland on Oct. 5. The owner received pictures of the dog as well as a text-message demand for $1,000 and prescription painkillers before it was found dead along railroad tracks last week.

The sheriff's office says it made the arrests after getting a tip that the dog had been seen at Clark's home.

The two remain in the Cowlitz County jail. It was not immediately clear if they had lawyers.