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Michigan Dog Approved for Unemployment Benefits

A Michigan dog owner was surprised when he checked the mail and found that his dog had been approved for unemployment benefits – and would be getting checks for $360 every week!

Imagine dog owner, Michael Haddock’s surprise when he opened the mail and discovered his dog had recently been laid off from his job at a nearby Mexican restaurant and, as a result, had qualified for unemployment benefits of $360 a week.

The letter came from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and had been addressed to Michael Ryder, Haddock’s first name paired with his dog’s first name.

“I got a letter from the UIA on Saturday, my name is Michael, my dog is Ryder. I was surprised to see it, but I had a good laugh, actually,” he told WHAS. Haddock said the letter stated that Mr. Ryder, his dog, qualifies for $360 dollars every week. “Not sure what he is going to do with the money, but it should be interesting. I knew he was clever, but he surprised me this time,” he joked.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency admitted that its computer system did send out the initial letter of acceptance. But said the benefits claim was flagged as suspicious during the next step in the unemployment process.

The agency has since sent another letter denying the claim. The agency says as a result of a recent influx in fraudulent claims, they’re creating a special investigative unit to determine how the fake claims are being made.

But, the UIA says it got a laugh out of Ryder’s claim and Haddock’s story. In an email, Tim Kolar, State Administrator of Investigations, UIA said, “Unfortunately, Michael Ryder’s claim will not be allowed. I know first-hand it is rare for ‘man’s best friend’ to contribute financially to the household and that will continue in this instance.”

Still, Haddock finds the humor in the situation and said if his dog did work at a restaurant, he’d make a great greeter – he’s very good at greeting people!

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