A Montana man who painstakingly gathered and reassembled parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever has been reimbursed by the U.S. Treasury for the ‘mutt-ilated’ currency.
Wayne Klinkel of Helena, Montana received a $500 check earlier this week.
His 12-year-old dog, Sundance, downed all but half of one of the bills in December.
Sundance snacked on the cash in the family vehicle while Klinkel and his wife ate at a restaurant.
They were on a road trip to visit their daughter in Colorado.
However, when they returned to the car the money – aside from the dollar bill – was gone.
‘I thought ‘You dumb SOB,” Klinkel told the Helena Independent Record. ‘I couldn’t believe he did that.’
Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings to recover parts of the bills and his daughter recovered more when the snow melted armed with rubber gloves for the rest of the vacation.
Knowing that paper doesn’t digest, he managed to pick portions of the gobbled notes out of the dog’s poop.
‘I pretty much recovered two fairly complete bills, and had some other pieces,’ Klinkel said. ‘But it wasn’t nearly enough there to do anything with it.’
His daughter’s husband later found more pieces of the $100 bills and Church brought them to her parent’s home next time she visited.
After letting the money soak in dish soap for a week, Klinkel drained and rinsed the pieces and let them dry.