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Man Decides To Go To Prison Instead Of Giving His Pet Puppy Back To His Old Employer

A pest control specialist named Barry Myrick, 37, is embroiled in a court battle in Queens, New York, with his former company M&M Environmental. Instead of giving up Roxy, the man’s cherished dog, he decided to go to jail.

Since the pit bull is highly expert at spotting bed bugs, Roxy was given to Barry four years ago to help him examine both commercial and residential premises. The firm also covered the pit bull’s training costs. Roxy has been living with the guy and his wife all this period, becoming a member of the family.


Barry acknowledges that he agreed to return Roxy to her previous employment if her contract was ended or he left the firm when he signed the paperwork to accept Roxy. However, the individual asserts that once he was let go, the corporation lost ownership of the pit bull.

Barry and Roxy grew close and spend all of their time together; they go enjoyable trips and strolls.

The guy declares:

She belongs to our family. This is the closest thing we will ever get to children.


The M&M business sent Barry a letter in June of last year referring to the dog as “company property” and requesting her quick return. Given the man’s denial, the business took legal action, stating that Roxy was stolen, which prompted the Queens District Attorney to look for Barry and file grand theft charges against him.

Gary Port, the lawyer for M&M, claims that the corporation is the owner of Roxy and mentions that training a dog similar to Roxy can cost up to $15,000.


Barry turned himself in to the police in August of the previous year and was detained for 15 hours.

Barry describes the challenging event as follows:

“I was detained for 15 hours. On my worst enemy, I wouldn’t wish that. The tales I had heard of someone hitting his stepfather with a baseball bat were untrue. He was unable to disclose to anyone that he had come for a dog.


Barry was always going to be rehired by M&M, the business said in a statement to the New York Post, and everyone anticipated his return to work in June of last year. Barry said that if there had been a chance for him to get his work back, he would not have left the city and had instead relocated from Brooklyn to Philadelphia at this point.