‘I’ll leave the family’s clothes on’: Man goes on the hunt for a $30,000 diamond from a dead dog
A man who’s spent months hunting for a diamond from the body of a dog in his yard says he will not return the jewelry unless the dead dog is returned.
Key points:A dog was found dead in a dog yard in Ballymore on SaturdayPolice believe the dog was hit by a carThe man said he believes he found the diamond because it is buried deep within the dog’s fur”If I can find the diamond, I’m going to put it on display and hopefully it’ll go on display,” Scott Roper said.
“It’s one of those things you just have to do it because it’s there.”
Mr Roper, who has a diamond engagement ring, said he had been working in Balmore for about a year and a half and had spent about $2,000 on the diamond and its whereabouts.
“I’ve been working on this project since May, I’ve been hunting for it for a couple of years,” he said.
He said he was going to return the diamond to its rightful owner if he can find it.
“If you get it, you get the money back,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“The dog was in a pretty bad state and I don’t think the dog wanted to be left alone with me.”
He said his goal was to find the dog and get it back to its owner.
“As soon as I got the dog I was just going to head out and get the diamond,” Mr Roper explained.
“When I got to the area, it was dead and the dog had just died.”
So that’s the only thing that matters.”‘
It is important to keep the animal safe’Police were called to the property in the BallyMORE community at about 2:45pm on Saturday and Mr Ropers car was found in a ditch.”
We had some people in there looking for the dog, there was a lot of activity there,” Mr Hickey said.
Police have since found the dog at a remote location.”
Police have been working with the dog owner for a long time,” Mr Ainslie said.
Mr RopERS brother said he would be happy to give the diamond back if the dog could be found.”
He was pretty much dead, he had no life,” Mr Broughton said.’
He’s a good dog’The man who found the gold and diamond said he believed he found it because of a hole in the dogs fur.”
There was a hole through the fur, I don’ know what it is but it was very shallow, it wasn’t deep, it had a hole and he had the hair stuck up through it,” Mr Varnell said.
Scott Roper’s hunt for the diamond began when he went to his local pet shop to get a gold ring he said he thought he found for his mother.”
My mother had just had her heart broken and the only way she could go back to that place was to go to a pet shop and get a diamond ring,” Mr Furlong said.”[The diamond] was on the table and I said, ‘I want that ring back’.
“It was a little bit of a gamble, I was not expecting it to be so hard to find a diamond and find a dog,” Mr Darragh said.
The police have not confirmed whether the dog is in a critical condition.
Police said the dog owners will return their dog to them when the investigation is complete.
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