Friday, March 28, 2014

Sassy, beagle

Beagle missing for 17 months ends up 400 miles away in Brentwood
Sassy the beagle microchipped, but no one ever checked
Mar 28, 2014

BRENTWOOD, Pa. —A 7-year-old beagle that left home 17 months ago and ended up nearly 400 miles away was finally reunited with her owner Friday evening.

Sassy the beagle was staying with foster parents April Smith and Hope Wilson in Brentwood. They had been fostering the dog they called "Jenny" for two months before she needed to see a veterinarian for a cough

Last Saturday, Smith took the dog to a vet on McKnight Road. When they asked for paperwork on the dog, she explained she's fostering the animal that was picked up from a shelter in Kentucky.

The vet decided to check if the dog had a microchip, which stunned Smith.

"I said, 'I'm not thinking that she's microchipped because otherwise I would think she would have been found by her owner by now and wouldn't have ever been in the shelter. But they scanned her and sure enough, microchipped," said Smith.

"I was in total disbelief. They said, 'Yeah, she is, and her name is Sassy.' And as soon as they said 'Sassy' her head turned. And I said, 'Are you Sassy?' And her tail started wagging right away."

VIDEO: Watch Kelly Brennan's original report

Sassy's rightful owner was immediately contacted in Louisville, Ky., and that's when the pieces of the story started falling into place.

Cindy Romans said she left her dog with a family member while she went on vacation in October 2012. While she was gone, Sassy left the house for a routine trip to the backyard and was never seen again. Romans assumed the worst, especially since so much time had passed.

"(The veterinarian) said, 'You're never going to believe what I'm going to tell you.' And I said, 'What's that?' And he said, 'I just got a call from a woman in Pennsylvania and she's got Sassy.' And I said, 'No way! In Pennsylvania?'" said Romans.

VIDEO: Kentucky dog owner grateful for those who cared for Sassy

Somehow, Sassy ended up in the Boyd County Animal Shelter in Kentucky, according to Romans, which she said is a kill shelter.

That's where Sassy was saved by members of Forever Home Beagle Rescue, Inc., based in Pittsburgh. The rescue group was started by Rich and Julie Stoops. They have members in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky who save animals before they're euthanized in hopes to place them with a forever home.

Sassy was saved and partnered with Smith in Brentwood. Their main question now: Why was Sassy never checked before for the microchip? WTAE contacted the animal shelter in Kentucky and is waiting for a response.

Now, Sassy's next stop is back to her home in Kentucky.

"Everyone has been such an angel with her, and I will never, ever, ever, ever be able to thank them enough for the wonderful care they're giving her," said Romans. "I would love for every pet owner who has ever lost a pet to be able to feel this moment right now. I'm just over the moon excited."


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yoshi, red heeler

3 years and 120 miles later, a missing dog is found
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
March 5, 2014

If dogs could talk, this one would have quite a story.

Three years after disappearing from his Albuquerque home, a dog named Yoshi was found more than a hundred miles away at an animal shelter in Las Vegas, N.M., reports.

How Yoshi, a red heeler and husky mix, ended up so far away from home is still a mystery and will likely remain one.

Monique Martinez adopted the pooch when Yoshi was just a puppy. She told that a short time later, Yoshi broke out of her yard while she was at school.

Martinez looked all around the neighborhood but couldn't find her missing dog. About a week after Yoshi disappeared, Martinez heard he may have been hit by a car, according to

So how was Yoshi found? Fortunately the dog had been given a microchip implant. The microchip contained information about his owner and address. When Yoshi showed up at the shelter, workers checked the microchip and contacted Martinez. The dog was reportedly a bit underweight but in otherwise fine condition.

We hope you had a good time exploring America's Southwest, Yoshi, because something tells us you're gonna have a tough time escaping a second time.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Diamond, rottweiler

Stolen guide dog found; Person in custody
By Breaking News Staff
Updated: 5:06 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

DAYTON — A 21-year-old woman is in custody in the case of the stolen guide dog that has been reunited with its blind owner.

The reunion, which occurred today, was prompted by a man who told News Center 7's Glenn Cassie he realized the dog he bought on Craigslist was the one being sought after he read a story on about the dog's owner.

That man, Tom O'Shea, took the pure bred Rottweiler named Diamond to a Dayton police substation this morning after suspecting it was the missing animal.

"I'm glad she got her dog back," O'Shea said.

The woman in custody is Bonnie Ritchie. According to the Montgomery County Jail website, she's being detained on one count of felony theft. She is to be in court on Thursday.

Diamond's owner, Sheryl Williams, had been pleading for the dog's return since it was stolen Feb. 17.

Her family said a suspicious white car was parked outside her home when Diamond went missing. That was around 8:30 a.m. when Williams' grandson put Diamond out on a cable to go to the bathroom. About 10 minutes later, when he went to bring the dog inside, Diamond was gone.

"Whoever has her, I just wish they'd bring her home," Williams said Tuesday.

Williams said Diamond has run off before, but has always come back.

"We waited, and she just hasn't come back home and that's why I believe that someone has her," she said.

A $500 reward had been offered for Diamond's return. There's no word on whether O'Shea is in line to get the reward.


Oh and here's the lowlife that stole this dog:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cody, labradoodle

N. Massapequa family reunited with dog missing 13 days
By Tara Conry
Thursday February 27, 2014

A North Massapequa family had their hearts broken this Valentine’s Day when their dog, Cody, ran away. But after 13 days without their 8-year-old labradoodle, the Donovans were reunited Thursday with their furry companion.

“It was horrible, like losing a child,” Kerry Donovan, 52, told Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto as he picked up the dog from the town’s animal shelter in Syosset.

Kerry Donovan, 52, of North Massapequa, and his sons -- Michael, 14, and Matthew, 17, -- are reunited with their labradoodle, Cody, at the Oyster Bay Town Animal Shelter on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 13 days after their dog went missing. 

Donovan’s youngest son, Michael, 14, said he was with with his mom, Mary, picking up Cody from a groomer in Massapequa on Feb. 14 when something spooked the dog and it wiggled out of its harness. Cody bolted down Broadway, heading northeast into the Massapequa Preserve.

“My heart was racing,” Michael said. “I walked through that whole preserve for about three hours by myself looking for him, but I didn’t see anything.”

The next day, Michael’s brother, Matthew, 17, spotted the dog inside the preserve, about 10 feet from where he was standing, and called out to it.

“His head popped up, so I knew it was him,” Matthew said.

But Matthew said as he walked toward Cody, the dog sprinted away and he couldn’t catch him.

The Donovans blanketed the communities with hundreds of flyers, created a Facebook page and continued to search for the dog every day, but they weren’t the only ones looking. A friend of the family had contacted the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter, which deployed its staff to the area almost immediately to sniff out the dog.

Friends, neighbors and strangers also joined the search efforts, sharing Cody’s photo on social media, reporting sightings of the dog and scouting the area. On Sunday, Donovan said more than 100 volunteers fanned out throughout the preserve looking for Cody, but the dog eluded them.

Finally, on Thursday morning, Donovan received a call from shelter director Laurie Scarpa letting him know she had Cody. She said the dog had been caught by one of the two traps her staff had set up Wednesday behind homes bordering the preserve, where Cody had been spotted before. They had placed bacon donated from a local deli inside to lure him in.

“It was a long couple of weeks, we all are exhausted, but we wanted to find him,” Scarpa said.

Should he go missing again, the search shouldn’t be as exhausting thanks to a new microchip outfitted for Cody.

Aside from a roughly 15-pound weight loss and a possibly infected front paw, Donovan said Cody survived the ordeal relatively well. However, he did appear very tired.

“He’s overwhelmed by his experience, but I’m sure when he sees his mommy, my wife Mary, he’s going to go nuts,” he said. “It’s going to be a very happy night."