Plot to kidnap Barack Obama’s pet dog foiled

Sunny the Portuguese water dog. Picture: AP
Sunny the Portuguese water dog. Picture: AP
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SECRET Service agents arrested a man who allegedly travelled to Washington DC to kidnap a dog belonging to President Barack Obama.

DC Superior Court documents said that the agents interviewed Scott Stockert, of Dickinson, North Dakota, at a Washington hotel after receiving information from a Secret Service office in Minnesota that he was on his way to the capital to kidnap a “pet” owned by the first family.

The Obamas have two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, which have been a regular presence at White House events.

During the interview, agents asked Stockert whether he had access to any weapons, and he acknowledged having two guns in his truck. Agents found a shotgun and rifle as well as a machete, a billy club and ammunition.

The court document says that Stockert was not a registered gun owner and that he was charged with violating District of Columbia laws on carrying a rifle or shotgun outside a home or business.

According to the court documents, Stockert told agents he was “Jesus Christ” and his parents were President John F Kennedy and actress Marilyn Monroe, and that he came to Washington to announce he was running for president.

Stockert was released from custody on Friday but must wear an ankle monitor.

On election night in 2008, Obama said that his daughters, Sasha and Malia, had “earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House”.

Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, joined the family in 2009 and was a gift from then Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy. Sunny, a female, joined the family in 2013.