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MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND REUNITED AFTER 2 DOGNAPPERS ARE NABBED

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A man and his bulldog are back together after police charged two men with stealing the 4-year-old Abercrombie and holding it for ransom.

"I thought I would never see him again," the pet owner said. "He's just like my kid."The English bulldog was taken from a locked yard Jan. 31. The Niagara Falls owner, whose first name is Glenn, asked not to be further identified because of safety concerns.

Glenn said he negotiated for several days with callers who demanded a ransom and threatened to kill the dog.

Glenn agreed to pay $500 and meet the callers Monday to make the exchange. Police accompanied him and arrested the two men.

As soon as the animal saw his owner he "ran right up to me and kept on kissing me," Glenn said. The dog had a cigarette burn on his face and a cut on his head.

Paul Murphy, 37, and Anderson Tate, 25, have each been charged with felony counts of grand larceny and misdemeanor counts of conspiracy and harming an animal. They face up to four years in prison if convicted.