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The Dognapper is a minor but pivotal antagonist in the 2020 adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild. He is the man who was responsible for kidnapping Buck and selling him to the Klondike.

He was portrayed by Jonney Ahmanson.

Role

While Buck is walking across town, he comes across a boy selling newspapers and grabs one. However, he drops it as he chases a bike with Katie following him back to Judge Miller's mansion. The dognapper watches Buck as he sees the newspaper and comes up with a plan to sell Buck to the Klondike.

The following night, while Buck is sitting on the porch after ruining the Judge's birthday, the dognapper entices Buck to come over. He throws a treat into a crate and Buck enters it, giving him the opportunity to close it on Buck. The dognapper assistant pays him and leaves with Buck inside the crate. They arrive at a train station and Buck is sold to a man in a red sweater, where he is abused to teach him a lesson.

Buck manages to escape his captors, only to realize that he is on a boat called the Narwhal and arrives at Skagway in Alaska, where he is sold to two Canadian mailers named Perrault and Francoise.

After Buck was sold to the Klondike, he became an experienced sled dog and eventually found his place in the wild with a wolf pack after his companion, John Thornton dies at the hands of Hal and defeating him.

Trivia

  • His name was Manuel in the book and he was a servant to Judge Miller. He only kidnapped Buck to pay off his gambling debts.
  • He is simply credited as "man reading newspaper" in the film.

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