Abducted jogger left home and dogs behind

Abducted and tortured jogger ditches home and dogs – leaves with family

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The California woman who was abducted while jogging, and then tortured for weeks before being released, has ditched her Redding home, as well as the family dogs.  According to Monday’s New York Post, the victim, Sherri Papini, along with her husband Keith, packed up their two children and left their home.

According to one of the Papini’s neighbors the family may never return. The man told a Post reporter, “I don’t think they’re ever coming back here again.” According to another neighbor, the family went to live with “wealthy” relatives. A family friend was at the couple’s home on Saturday, walking their dogs.

Sherri disappeared while out on a jog on November 2 – on Thanksgiving morning she was found over 100 miles away from home on a freeway. While Papini was in captivity, she was starved, beaten and branded.

It is surmised that the family fled their home in order to escape anyone who might still be trying to harm Sherri. After her release, Sherri told the authorities that she had been abducted by two Hispanic women who were armed with a gun.

It is unclear if the family will try to reclaim their dogs – the family friend who was walking them did not provide a comment about their fate.

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  1. Star Shelley says:

    OK, I feel for her and what she and family went through, that was terrible and I hope they find the two women who abducted her. But why on earth would she away from her dogs? That is irresponsible of her character. I hope the dogs find a good loving home not just sent to a kill shelter.

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    • Annette Carlin says:

      You would think that after being abused herself she wouldn’t want to abuse/neglect her dogs. I’m so tired of people abandoning their pets. If her family has so much money why ohhhhh why wouldn’t they take their dogs too. Or find them a new home? Just so irresponsible and cold????

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      • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

        You would think her being abused she would not be in the same frame of mind as before. Would you since you know it all? Where did you read about the pets not being taken care of when the family left?

      • Todd says:

        I know that my dogs are the best therapy that I can have when I’m going through a bad time…
        Please understand I’m not comparing with this poor woman might through to anything I’ve been through at all !!
        I can’t even imagine how horrible her ordeal must’ve been…
        Let’s all pray for a complete recovery for her; emotionally, mentally and physically…
        And reuniting with her fur babies as well

      • marie says:

        Are you people serious? This is what is wrong with humanity. This woman was beaten, tortured and probably thought she would die for weeks. She’s scared for her life and probably emotionally traumatized. Have some compassion. And leaving your dogs behind while family friends take care of walk it is not abuse or neglect. I can’t even believe the comments I am reading.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree with you 100%. I hope it’s not a awful fate for the dogs.
      They are just as innocent as she was.
      I understand her fear, but she still has a responsiblity to honor.

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    • Linda says:

      It says a family friend was walking the dogs so they weren’t just abandoned, and considering what the family has been through I’m sure they wouldn’t go into details about their plans even to neighbors, so we don’t know that the dogs won’t follow once the family gets settled, or that if the family couldn’t keep the dogs that their friend isn’t helping to find them a good home. I imagine this poor woman doesn’t have the ability to handle stress at this point in time considering what she has been through, so I’m giving them a break since they have someone coming over to take care of the dogs.

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    • Steve says:

      Don’t be so quick to judge. We don’t know their circumstances. Maybe they will get them later. Obviously they have arranged for their care.

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    • Nadya Wall-Rossi says:

      There is something very wrong about this whole story. I don’t believe any of it, but I feel there should be some legal repercussions for abandoning those poor dogs!

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  2. patrick Patterson says:

    people that abandon family members without caring ain’t worth a shit….something very strange about this whole thing….

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  3. Susan M. Bissell says:

    I don’t understand either why she would leave her dogs, wouldn’t they be a source of comfort for her? I understand why they would go into hiding (I saw the 20/20 interview), but why didn’t they at least find a home for the dogs or an animal sanctuary to take them???

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  4. Sharon E Rouse says:

    God, please find a forever Home for these dogs. This is a tragedy for the family. Could you not have taken the time at least to drop them off somewhere safe. Doesnt sound like you are in the right mind. Please somebody step in and help their dogs.

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    • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

      This article doesn’t say specially what care the dogs’ are getting. Maybe the dog walker is taking care of the dogs. Maybe arrangements have been made for a new home for them. Maybe they did take the time to drop them off somewhere safe. Maybe Penny is wrong, not enough info here to draw conclusions, maybe Penny didn’t have info yet and left story open ended for comments. MN maybe, maybe….

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  5. Tawnya says:

    The news said she is in hiding because of media and not apprehending the suspects. So the authorities involved are to blame for this too! Hopefully the dogs find a safe place to stay in the mean time!

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  6. Sherri says:

    It’s really to bad that people react before knowing the whole story, could it be that this family is relocating and until they find a safe place to live that they can have their dogs with them, they do have a relative taking care of the dogs, it’s not like they just dumped them. Need more information.

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  7. Ginetta n says:

    I wonder if the people commenting that they abandoned the dogs have read the article saying that a family friend was at their home, walking the dogs. To me, that sounds like they left someone trustworthy to take care of their home and their dogs. How is that abandonment?

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  8. Malin Magnusson says:

    So SHES got a trauma N now THE dogs Will PAY FOR IT!????FUCKING IDIOTS!!! THEY SHOULD GET THEIR DOGS ASP! OR PAY N PROVIDE FOR THEM UNTIL THEY GET A PROPPER HOME!

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  9. Mom to both kinds says:

    If they went through the time and expense to hire a person to care for their animals, how can you say they “ditched” them? They weren’t abandoned or taken to a shelter. You should have some actual facts before you post things you don’t have direct knowledge of. If they did indeed leave, they prioritized the children. And before you get all judgemental remember this, normal people prioritize their human kids before their fur babies. The dogs will be fine.

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  10. Barkley's Mom says:

    Someone was walking the dogs so maybe the dogs not going with them is just temporary until they decide what they are going to do and where they are going to live permanently. I can possibly understand not wanting to live in the house, but what did the dogs do to her? For that matter, what does the house have to do with this ordeal? Very strange!

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  11. Linda says:

    The dogs are obviously being taken care of as the friend was walking them…give the family some space they are terrified…these despots of humanity are still on the loose

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  12. Cynthia Martin says:

    Wow aren’t we judgemental…Hope nothing that devastating ever happens to either of you…”Irresponsible character” OMG I can’t believe you people…Ever heard of shock etc etc etc doubt she is thinking clearly….I hope she recovers from all that has happened to her….If you read the article you might note no one is sure what is going to happen with the dogs…God give her a break will you….

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  13. Audra m. Lacey-ehrlich says:

    I’m sorry for her but were is your love for your dogs you took your kids ,I don’t see a difference between the two .to me their the same just have fur instead of hair like ours.shame on you

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  14. Anne says:

    maybe the abductors had dogs and now the poor woman associates the sounds dogs make with the torture that was inflicted on her.

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  15. Sarah C says:

    Okay. It’s literally been a matter of days. And someone was there to walk the dogs. The author of this article knows next to nothing about the situation. It is not said whether the dogs are actually being abandoned, or if the neighbors stories are true, or if they are maybe just going on vacation. It seems pretty logical to wait until we actually have facts about the situation before writing a completely useless article and attacking her character. Last time I checked people can leave their house. And they don’t have to publicly post how they’ll be caring for their animals in their absence. SMH.

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  16. Lisa A Penree says:

    So she just walls away from her family? The ones that would never hurt you, leave you and would always be there for you? Yeah. Something’s rotten in Denmark here. She should be ashamed of herself!

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  17. Pat bruce says:

    Perhaps the home where she is going to be staying cannot except the dogs for one reason or another. She has someone caring for the dogs right now so it’s my thought that she will make provisions for them . Let’s wait-and-see before we jump to conclusions that she has actually deserted her pets.

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  18. Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

    I am a dog lover o the end!!!!!!!! I am appalled, too after reading this. However, maybe the family can’t bring the dog to the place they are going or not yet until settled or have given the dog to someone. First priority for the husband to do is protect wife and kids. The husband is doing the right thing. WE DO NOT KNOW what is being done with the dogs. Jumping to conclusions is wasting own energy and causing a ruckus. Prayers for family, decisions, etc to their pet dogs.

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  19. Vin says:

    I agree, why leave your family behind. Man’s best friend! Sherri come back and reconnect with your pals. They deserve your kindness….. so sad.

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  20. Kat Boston says:

    Okay sorry but this seems like people jumping to conclusions. A friend was there looking after the dogs, she had been through a traumatic experience. She left for awhile to get away from it all!

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  21. Debbie Tyree Taylor says:

    And when will we hear the rest of the story? Why would 2 females kidnap her and do the things said for no reason? No ransom, no requests made on her behalf? There is lots more to this than is being told. Packing up and leaving your home and your dogs? That is just wrong on all levels.

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    • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

      What can one say what is wrong or right in any situation!!? And you say all levels like the lady is scum to the world, and she deserves what she got. Are you a detective? The real story is not about the dogs although this article is set in category pets. I wish Penny did not write this article the way she did and that there would be kinder people in this world. But you know, it’s not totally Penny’s fault, it the viewers who take things out of of content or don’t read correctly or people just have only ugly things to say. So you think this story is not true, that you think the lady made this all up, and she even branded hrrself, made her own bruises, cut her beautiful hair etc?? Who are you to say?

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  22. Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

    ALL YOU people here making comments: how dare you all judge this lady and family!!!! This lady although was not murdered but imagining so..she must have felt she was. She was tortured, branded, starved….. She is lucky she was let go and found alive. My guess is she and family are in protective custody, and right now can’t take the dogs until settled a bit. The family has enough to worry. Not NoT to say the dogs are not important. OK they are all afraid for their lives and well being. Did anyone think the kids might be in danger?????? They are making the best decisions they know how. If they didn’t care for their dogs, why did they bother to let someone walk their dogs:; perhaps maybe arrangements were made for someone to care for the dogs. And people READ again…the lady didn’t leave her family and home, the family did together. Don’t hold your breath in a storm, you’re likely to be blown over before you get that breath holding.

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    • Catherine Staffy says:

      I have a hunch there is more to be revealed. You’re very quick to believe what is written and very naive Laura. More investigation is needed for this case.

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      • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

        Catherine Staffy. I agree there has to be more to this all…I don’t deny that. So are you saying this kidnapping has been faked to get attention or the husband is the culprit or the dogs attacked here???? Please say what you mean or feel

  23. Tammy Hollis says:

    The writer of this article worded it in such a way to provoke exactly the reaction your all giving. Have you not learned with this crazy 2016 election this year… the media manipulates society in such a powerful and negative way. Stop believing every word your read people!! It would be one thing if they packed up disappeared , and left everything including the dogs… but that is not how things happened. Someone knew enough to alert this so called journalist to write a story… so they didn’t leave so abruptly… someone knew they went to a wealthy relative…. and a neighbor is currently looking after the pets…

    None of us have any way of knowing their full intentions. She was tortured, and probably didn’t expect she would ever see her family again. Their pets could be new in their lives, and not even attached to them, so possibly finding new homes is best for them as this woman will likely need therapy and other assistance just to function as a mother and wife again. … who knows…. the point is, just because the writer doesn’t list a specific plan for the pets, does not mean there isn’t one in place. Its possible that where ever they relocated to, didn’t allow pets… wealthy relative or otherwise. A neighbor is looking after them now, and there could easily be more permanent plans in place… we don’t know. For all we know the writer of this article wrote this in such a way to get a reaction of outrage so that another family would come forward to adopt the pets… who knows… but honestly… since none of us know the details of this situation…. be kind, stop judging… you have not been in their situation… and YOU DO NOT KNOW what decisions they have made.

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    • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

      Thank you!! I was thinking the same about the writer the same as you, but didn’t have the nerve to write it. The wording in this artivle is so out of character for this writer. I just don’t understand the harsh wording from her, especially with such turmoil the family is going through. Some comments here like calling the lady a bitch for leaving her home and dogs is pure evil and adds to the lady’s feeling of more dispare and why still live is what I might be feeling. Compassion, empathy, love!!!!!

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      • Catherine Staffy says:

        The story is still very unclear so that is why most of us don’t side with this woman and her family. The fact is that the dogs are being misplaced and end up in a shelter, disorientated. A pet animal shouldn’t be considered dispensable, like a piece of rubbish, to be tossed aside when one is fed up of it. It is a full time responsibility, as applies with children. But unfortunately, in our society this goes on with animals as well as with kids.

  24. Chandia says:

    The dogs are a give away to the woman’s identity. People can locate her through the dogs. The Witness Protection program doesn’t allow pets of a previous life. She is seeking anonymity.

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    • Catherine Staffy says:

      Laura Lee Wojtowicz, you are very naive…get off your high horse. There is more to this story than the little we know. No names have been identified.

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      • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

        Catherine Staffy. I am not the one against this family. I am for this family. I don’t don’t believe in some of the comments here saying things against the family and their decisions. It’s not up to us or me to say it’s a wrong decision or choice just its their decision to move on with or without the dogs. They made their own decision to meet their family needs. We cannot judge them and say she’s a bitch or she is wrong to Fitch the dogs or don’t want to respect or support her don’t believe her story. So what is naive about what I am saying? I am on my Hugh horse cuz people are judging b4 they know the facts about what is being done about the dogs. What nsme diid I mention that you are referring to????

  25. Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

    Penny dachshund. No, Penny I am not making a threat, it’d just one stated she lost all respect and support for that lady and husband because of their decision about the dogs. I just mentioned be careful cause judging can eat at you. I just have more compassion for this family than some. I don’t understand why so much hatred is being said about this family for what is not deserving. It’s like someone here is going to rip her hair out completely because of their decision.

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  26. Brenda Minarik says:

    Is there anything that would lead you to think that the animals would be abandoned????? I f so could you please post this is strange who does this no one and who is caring for the animals now????? Something not right

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  27. Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

    @Penny Elms……..can you find out or set us all straight who us taking care of the dogs??? I mean you stated ditched or abandoned is scaring or concerning others. I am sure you would not state about the dogs being ditched if you were not sure but if so what is behind it. Let’s clear this up. Please update. Thank you so much.

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      • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

        Penny, this is the first time I have requested Penny Elms to answer my questions. I don’t know where YOU get your info from?? Alot of you gals are concerned over the dogs so I put the question to writer. I know in my heart that the owners love their dogs and situated them safely. I care about people and animals and of course the entire family have suffered. Also the negative thoughts and words and Lynch mob are against the family are unfounded. I stick to my fight on compassion and you stick to whatever mean riddles. My hair is already short and I’d rather be naive and safe with my faith. Please be nice… I’m not after anyone.

      • pennysdachshund says:

        OK Laura! Well I come from a State where lots of People thought the UNIBOMBER was and OK person too!!! You the same as the rest of US have NO clue just as to what these people thought of their animal’s and many of us ( myself included) think it is plain cruel on their part to dump their animals like they did!!! My hair is short too so what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Other people suffer horrible things in their lives too… so should they send their children , or pets to a shelter to possibly be euthanized, to an orphanage to be adopted to strangers , while not knowing what they did to deserve this sort of treatment… I the one with short hair think not!!! I am not being mean I am being pragmatic and honest in what I feel too… I am a realist not a bible thumper , after all it is the Higher Power in the end that deals with all of us! Not U or Me!

      • Catherine says:

        Don’t sneer. She makes a valid point. There is not much info to go along in the first place and the woman and her family probably want anonymity. That’s understandable. As we don’t know much about the woman we’d like to know the outcome of her pets. It’s not their fault they were put in that position and were abandoned.

  28. Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

    Penny’sdachshund I am not a Bible thumper myself but do have faith inGod and give people the benefit of the doubt til I get the facts. We don’t know all the facts to this entire story..so why trash the family, why not support them, why not have compassion and give hope back to them…why not???? Penny Elms never replied, which to tell you the truth I never expected her to..so it tells me alot in my eyes……but then..lol…I don’t know the facts still about anything not even about Penny Elms. Penny, I rather for now believe the dogs are being taken care whether given to neighbors or shelter for reasons we don’t know nor, understand fully but its the family’s best quickest decision for them to get where they were going. As for my hair being short, I felt like you were riping my hair out..maybe I should have stated I’ve got too many gray hairs….but my point we all are not here to argue with each other. I have a different position of view on this than you. We both have a right to do so to think what we want..the only thing I wish hard is not hear or read trashing anyone even if that anyone may be wrong or make a wrong decision. Take care, Penny! Hope for another talk in a better situation.

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      Thank :YOU: Believe it or not I am not the bitch from Hell! in the last 25 years my husband and I have rescued 5 abused neglected horses, just 2 months ago, a Molly Mule 10 years old that was tethered to the dirt, with a lead rope, and a halter that had cut into her face numerous places because it was too tight and growing into the skin, we have either taken or rescued over twenty dogs and four cats!!! we have spend our own money for medical, feed, and we have shed tears of frustration and tears of sadness , when one of ” now our ” little one’s passes or has to be released from the pain and suffering from being abused or neglected… seeing that horrific of post of that individual who appeared to be living in what looked like a nice home, hosting a BAR-BAR-Q while those little dogs had been starved actually to death, while she had more than enough to eat, as noted by the photo’s , her children being subjected to endure watching the dogs starve, and hopefully NOT embracing the warped sense of values this Bitch has SENT me over the top…. The very fact she will more than likely get off in part because our OWN judicial system is intimidated by racial tension in view of all the recent issues involving race inequality subjects being so skewed it is totally out of control… I too do believe in God, Country, and in equality that really needs some serious help right now on all levels

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      • Laura Lee Wojtowicz says:

        I feel your frustrations as I am too feel same regarding abuse and tortured and death of animals. Those who do the unthinkable to animals don’t have love, patience compassion and I feel they aren’t even a human being. We as animal lovers must continue showing and speaking on behalf the animals in hope one day our world will be better.

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