Montana man gets $500 back from government that his dog ate

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(WJLA) - Montana resident Wayne Klinkel wasn't joking when he told the United States Treasury that his dog ate his money.

His 12-year-old golden retriever actually did, and in a rare move, the Treasury actually reimbursed him under its mutilated currency clause, the Helena Independent Record reports.

Klinkel says that late last year, he left his dog, Sundance, in his car with $500 in cash. When he and his wife came back from dining, some of the cash was in pieces, and some of it was in the dog's belly.

The Independent Record says that Klinkel was able to reassemble pieces of the cash that was not only found in the car but after Sundance had relieved himself. He washed it then sent the fragments from all five bills to the Treasury, not expecting necessarily to hear back.

Earlier this week, to his surprise, he got a check for $500.

"I gave Sundance a pat, showed it to him and told him not to eat it," Klinkel told the Independent Record.

According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, damaged currency can be delivered to the Treasury along with a letter estimating the value of that destroyed money and how it came to be damaged.

It's then examined by an "experienced mutilated currency examiner" to estimate the amount that can be reclaimed.

Claims can take between 6 to 24 months to be processed, officials say.