Confession to dog theft in obituary

Obituary reveals that man stole a dog, and dog lovers couldn’t be happier

After a man named Gary Bean died, his theft of a dog was revealed in his obituary, and dog lovers couldn’t be happier. The dog theft confession was written up in an obituary that was published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on August 14.

The theft involved a dog who was chained to a picnic table. The obituary explains how the dog-napping played out:

To the owner of the big skinny dog that disappeared from your North Knoxville front yard where you had chained her to a picnic table:

Gary Bean stole her.

He was working in your neighborhood and would slow down and look every time he’d drive past your house. He considered talking to you about it, but you were never around, and it didn’t take him long to decide that anybody mean enough to treat a dog like that wasn’t worth talking to anyway, so he applied bolt cutter to chain, loaded her into his truck and went on the lam.

The skinny, chained dog got a new name (Maggie) and a new life with Bean. The obituary explains:

Her new people called her Maggie and loved her for the rest of her life, which was doubtless way longer than it would have been if she’d stayed chained to your picnic table. That was many years ago, and the dog stealing statute has long since run, so there’s nothing you can do about it now, if you’re still around.

Bean died without regrets for the canine caper:

He died last Thursday without ever once regretting setting Maggie free. Truth to tell, you probably weren’t his only victim.

You were a good man Gary Bean.

Read the obituary in full here.


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