Dog Collar Will Thrown Out in Italy

November 5, 2009 ( - An employee of a dead Italian businessman forged a bogus copy of a will on the back of a collar belonging to the employer's German shepherd that gave the estate to the employee and the employee's son, a judge has ruled.

The Italian judge found that the writing on the collar was not that of businessman Giovanni Russo who passed away in 2004, according to a UPI news report.

The news account said Russo’s original will left his estate to his sisters and his ex-wife. Several months after the death, however, the family received the dog collar belonging to Russo’s dog Delos,¬†which had writing on the back.

Members of Russo’s family say Delos vanished in late 2004, the apparent victim of a kidnapping

The court ordered the unidentified employee to pay the cost of the five years of legal battles over the will.