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HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio-- Police in Hunting Valley have issued warrants for the man suspected of stealing a dog belonging to the family of an accident victim.

Rick Doody's dog, Leo, went missing from his yard on Dec. 28. He posted fliers and offered a $2,500 reward before a friend received a call from someone claiming to know where Leo was. The dog was retrieved from a home in Pepper Pike on Thursday.

Carter Freefield (Photo courtesy: Hunting Valley Police Department)

Carter Freefield (Photo courtesy: Hunting Valley Police Department)

Hunting Valley Police Chief David Maine said there are two warrants for 20-year-old Carter Freefield, of Pepper Pike. The warrants, one for theft and one of trespassing, are both misdemeanors. Freefield has not turned himself into police.

Police say a search of text messages revealed Freefield's motive for allegedly taking Leo.

"According to him, a quote, 'it was a chick magnet.' He thought it would be a good idea to pick up girls with a pretty dog like that," said Lt. Barry Hendricks, Hunting Valley Police.

Leo the dogDoody adopted Leo several months ago when he learned the dog was born on the same day his son died. Alex Doody was in a Jeep with three other Hawken School students that went off the road and hit a tree on May 14.

The driver of the Jeep, 18-year-old Chapin Berk, was charged with counts of vehicular homicide and sentenced to probation.

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