Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits — until the state learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant where he supposedly worked.
Ryder is a German Shepherd owned by attorney Michael Haddock on the other side of the state in Saugatuck.
Speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeill, Haddock said he was indeed surprised when he received a benefits letter addressed to “Michael Ryder” from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.
The paperwork listed the dog as having been employed by Kruse and Muer, an upscale seafood chain. “He’s very food driven, so it’s no coincidence that he had a restaurant on his application,” Haddock said, with a chuckle.
When Haddock contacted the agency about the letter, he was told the agency’s computer system had sent it, but that the claim was later was flagged as suspicious and denied.
Haddock added that, while he’s not entirely sure what Ryder does all day, he is pretty sure that his dog has never had a job. Could it have been a practical joke?
“I have plenty of friends that maybe would do something (like this), but they would genuinely fess up to it by now. So, yeah, I’m not sure,” he said.