Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Harlee, pomeranian

Custody battle over dog ends in couple’s favor
Runaway Pomeranian was at center of lawsuit over pet’s adoption
Kevin Graman, The Spokesman-Review
October 13, 2010 - Updated: October 14, 6:02 a.m.

Marsha and Richard Graham are reunited with their dog Harlee at SpokAnimal Care Tuesday afternoon as the dog returned to their custody after a long court battle.

Harlee has come home.

The black Pomeranian who ran away more than three years ago has been reunited with a Spokane County family after a court battle that went all the way to the Washington state Court of Appeals.

On Tuesday, Richard and Marcia Graham greeted Harlee – who was a little heavier and a little grayer than they remember – at SpokAnimal Care, which featured prominently in a lawsuit the Grahams filed against a Spokane man who adopted the dog in July 2007.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza ruled on Monday that Harlee should be returned to the Grahams because SpokAnimal did not have the authority to adopt him out to James Notti, of Spokane, in the first place.

“The judge let me tell my whole story,” Marcia Graham said. “That was surprising because our case was based solely on where the dog was found.”

In November 2007, the Court of Appeals for Division III remanded the case back to Superior Court after Judge Gregory Sypolt dismissed it, leaving Harlee with Notti.

The Appeals Court ruled the case hinges on whether Harlee was found in Spokane city or county. The woman who found him turned him over to SpokAnimal.

Harlee’s tale began July 17, 2007, when he wandered away from the Grahams’ Marshall-area home. The Grahams posted signs, contacted animal shelters, and placed ads in the Cheney Free Press and on Web sites, including the one run by SpokAnimal.

Fewer than two weeks after he disappeared, Harlee was found by Jolee Wilke, who turned the dog over to SpokAnimal on July 29.

On the day SpokAnimal accepted Harlee, Notti requested the dog. He adopted the Pomeranian after the requisite 72-hour waiting period.

About a month later, the Grahams learned their dog’s fate from Wilke’s daughter, a former classmate of the Grahams’ daughter. The family went to SpokAnimal, where officials contacted Notti. But he would not give up his new pet.

However, Richard Graham had caught a glimpse of the dog’s new owner’s name on a SpokAnimal computer screen, and the family went looking for Harlee.

The Grahams found the dog at Notti’s home, but Notti wouldn’t give him up, even after the Grahams’ offered to buy him a replacement Pomeranian.

So the Grahams sued Notti, claiming through their attorneys at Gonzaga University Legal Assistance that Notti did not obtain a valid title to Harlee because SpokAnimal has no authority to adopt out a dog found outside the city.

SpokAnimal officials said they were told at the time that the dog was found in the city, where it has authority to impound and adopt out stray animals.

But Wilke, who lives not far from the Grahams’ Marshall-area home, said she found Harlee chasing chickens in her backyard in Spokane County, where SCRAPS has authority over animal control.

Cozza was convinced and ordered the transfer.

The trial was the first for third-year law student Jason Perdue, who represented the Grahams before Cozza, and the first dog trial for the GU legal clinic.

“It felt good to be able to reunite the Grahams with their dog,” said Perdue, whose name means “lost” in French.

“I feel good about having him back,” Richard Graham said as Harlee nuzzled his wife.

Notti declined comment.

After leaving SpokAnimal with their pet, the Grahams dropped by the law school to show the staff what they had worked three years to achieve.

About a dozen professors, students and staff members gathered in the lobby of the law clinic’s offices to see the dog, including law professor George Critchlow, whose argument convinced the Appeals Court, and Terry Sawyer, who supervises Perdue.

Sawyer said legal assistance should take more dog cases because “people are willing to litigate to the end.”

As for Harlee – he turns 5 years old today. That’s only about 37 in dog years.

Source: http://m.spokesman.com/stories/2010/oct/13/custody-battle-over-dog-ends-in-couples-favor/

Also see: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013545096_dogcustodybattle.html?syndication=rss
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Deuce, yorkie

Elderly woman reunited with stolen dog
Thursday, November 11, 2010

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) -- A Yorkshire terrier was returned to its owner Wednesday evening after being stolen during a purse snatch in Alameda.

Deuce is back home in Alameda -- much to the delight of 80-year-old Helen Bignone.

"I am so overwhelmed that he came back. He's just so, everything is just great" she said.

The 6-year-old Yorkie was stolen on Oct. 30 when Bignone was out for a walk near her home. She tried to hang onto the Yorkie's leash, but let go when one robber claimed to have a gun.

"You know, stealing purses is something we all hear about, but to take your dog," she said.

What the robbers didn't know is that Deuce has a microchip implanted under his skin. Alameda police identified the car used in the robbery, traced Bignone's stolen credit cards and arrested a 19-year-old suspect, who claimed he abandoned the little dog in a Stockton park.

A transient couple then found deuce and sold him for $20 to a woman, who called detectives.

"It wasn't until the afternoon before she called and she saw one of the news reports and sort of put two and two together," Lt. Sean Lynch from Alameda Police Department said. "We utilized the help of Stockton Animal Control to scan the chip and make sure the dog was in fact Deuce."

Not only is Deuce home safe from his 11-day adventure, but police also recovered Helen's purse.

"Purse doesn't even hold a candle to getting you back," Bignone said.

"They really picked the wrong grandma to rob of a purse and a dog, they really did." Bignone's granddaughter Stephanie Bignone said.

Before deuce was snatched, Bignone and the dog would go on long walks around the neighborhood, and now that they are reunited, they will continue to do so.

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7780850
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sugar, maltese

Stolen dog reunited with south Fort Myers owners
November 20, 2010

A Maltese, stolen Friday during a burglary, was returned safely to its rightful owners later that day.

Shortly after noon Friday, Lee County sheriff's deputies responded to Pine Hammock Circle in south Fort Myers in reference to a burglary. The victims advised that their home had been forcibly entered while they were away. The suspect or suspects ransacked the home, stealing various items including a computer, a flat-screen television, money, jewelry and the couple’s pet dog, an 8-year-old Maltese named Sugar.

During the evening hours on Friday, deputies were called to the Publix at Summerlin Road and Colonial Boulevard. One of the clerks told deputies a regular customer had returned to the store after shopping and said he found a dog in his car. The customer had left his windows down in the Publix parking lot while he shopped. The clerk said she recognized the dog, which had been featured in media reports throughout the day. The dog was unharmed and has been reunited with its owners.

The investigation into the burglary continues.

Source: http://www.news-press.com/article/20101120/CRIME/101120014/Stolen-dog-reunited-with-south-Fort-Myers-owners
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Katie, sheltie

Lost dog found after 25 days at Lake Crescent
By Leah Leach, Peninsula Daily News
November 21. 2010 2:01AM

LAKE CRESCENT -- Katie, a sheltie who was lost for more than three weeks, is now home safe.

Katie, a Shetland sheepdog who was lost for more than three weeks, is home again with John and Donna Fabian. The Fabians live in the Port Ludlow-Shine area near Hood Canal.
She was brought home Friday "after 25 days in the wilderness," thin, but apparently healthy, said John Fabian, 71.

"I'm kind of an old fellow, and I've been down through a lot in my life, but it brought me to tears."

Fabian is a former NASA space shuttle astronaut and a founder of the Hood Canal Coalition, an environmental group that opposes industrialization of Hood Canal.

He and his wife, Donna, live in the Port Ludlow-Shine area near the Canal.

Mrs. Fabian spent a sleepless night in a cold car before she saw the Shetland sheepdog and coaxed it to her as she knelt on a trail near the Olympic Park Institute on Lake Crescent on Thursday afternoon.

"She's our Thanksgiving miracle," she said.

Two get reward

The reunion resulted in a Thanksgiving gift for two other people as well.

They had spotted the dog and notified the Fabians, who had offered a $1,000 reward for Katie's return.

Fabian contributed $250 to the Association of National Park Rangers in the name of Mark O'Neill, an Olympic National Park ranger, and wrote a second check for $750 to Maggie Van Catfort of the Olympic Park Institute.

O'Neill reported last week the first sighting of the 4-year-old dog since she had run off from the Fabians during a visit to the lake Oct. 24.

The Fabians, who had owned her for only three months, and the dog's breeder, Cindy Wilson of Bremerton, searched for her the first week and nailed up posters near the Lake Crescent Lodge, which is about 20 miles west of Port Angeles.

After a story in the Peninsula Daily News, the Fabians received calls of commiseration from other dog lovers -- but no one reported seeing the 4-year-old sheltie.

"We decided it was fruitless until we had a sighting," Fabian said. "We didn't know where to search."

That changed Wednesday with the call from O'Neill, who had spotted the dog on the road between the entrance to the lodging area and the lodge itself.

"He followed her slowly in the car as she traveled down the road, then lost track of her," Fabian said.

Mrs. Fabian and Wilson raced up to the lake, picking up a live animal trap from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society on the way, and spent the night in their cars outside Lake Crescent Lodge, which is closed for the season.

Snow on ground

When they awakened, snow lay on the ground.

"We hardly slept at all, it was so cold," Mrs. Fabian said.

And they hadn't thought to bring breakfast.

"We made sure we had dog food, but we didn't have food for ourselves," she said.

They snacked on some Kashi bars Mrs. Fabian found in her glove compartment, set up the trap with the help of some workmen -- and continued to search.

"We felt we had to get her that day or the next because . . . it was so cold," she said.

At about 4 p.m., a call came in on Wilson's cell phone.

Spotted on beach

Van Catfort had spotted a sheltie on the beach near the Olympic Park Institute and had called numbers she found on posters -- first the Fabians' home, then Wilson's cell.

"We were yards away from her when she called," Mrs. Fabian said.

"Cindy said, 'We are right here. We will be there in seconds."

When Mrs. Fabian saw Katie, she dropped to her knees and pulled out food, speaking softly to the dog.

"She walked back and forth, very nervous, and finally took the food. I grabbed her collar," she said.

Fabian had delivered supplies to the two women, updated the posters and returned to the Port Townsend area to get another trap from the Jefferson County Humane Society.

"While I was getting the trap, my wife called and said, 'We have the dog.'"

O'Neill and Van Catfort recognized the dog because of the posters the Fabians had put up -- and because of the PDN.

"We had been up there and everybody we had talked to said, is this the dog that was in the paper?

"The PDN did an amazing amount of good," Fabian said.

Mrs. Fabian and Wilson stayed overnight at Indian Valley Motel, part of the complex that includes Granny's Cafe, which allowed the dogs to stay with them.

They brought Katie home about a half-hour before the Fabians were interviewed.

"She's excited to be here. . . . She's very thin. She's extraordinarily hungry," Fabian said.

Wilson, who Fabian described as "an amazing dog lady," had owned Katie for three years before the Fabians adopted her, and had dog-sat Katie while the Fabians were out of the country for three weeks.

"This was like a loss for her family, too," Fabian said.

Katie, who the Fabians figure lived on bear droppings and other unsavory fare, was to be taken to the vet for a check-up.

And the couple now has "increased security awareness," as Fabian put it.

"We're going to be awfully careful about not allowing her to bolt away. . . . She's going to have to learn how to go out and poop on a leash."

Source: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20101121/NEWS/311219985/lost-dog-found-after-25-days-at-lake-crescent

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bear, malti-poo

News Update: Puppy Missing from Local Vet Office Found and Reunited with Family
By Erika Conner
November 19, 2010

The Tuttle family had been waiting since Tuesday to hear the news they received Friday.

The Tuttle family received good news Friday when they learned their puppy, who went missing from a local vet hospital after surgery, had been found.
Their 6-month-old maltipoo puppy, who went missing after spending Monday night recovering from surgery at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, has been found.

Cindy Tuttle received a call Friday morning from Danville Veterinary Hospital that staff had found a dog who looked like the missing Bear.

"She said, 'We have a dog here that might be your missing puppy,' " said Tuttle.

The worker at the veterinary clinic had seen a post Tuttle put on Craigslist on Thursday. After hearing the hospital's employee describe the puppy they had found, Tuttle said she got in the car, hopeful she would be reunited with Bear.

"We knew it was him when we saw him and it was just wonderful," said Tuttle after arriving at the hospital and confirming the dog was in fact her beloved Bear.

The Pleasanton resident said the hospital believes someone tossed Bear, who was in a soft-shelled carrier, into the bushes outside its entrance. She was told the receptionist heard noise outside and saw a car speeding off. That's when Bear was discovered.

Tuttle said she believed whoever had the dog intended to keep him.

"They trimmed some fur from his face, put a blue collar on him and fed him, because he gained half a pound," she said.

After picking up Bear in Danville, Tuttle stopped by Parkway Veterinary Hospital to share the good news.

"Everyone came out and they were crying they were so happy that he had been found," she said. The staff immediately put a microchip in Bear at no cost.

Tuttle said Bear appears to be tired but is still the same "love bug" dog her family knew. She acknowledged this has been a very trying time but is thankful things turned out the way they did.

Grace, 8, snuggling with Bear on the sofa, added, "I feel really good that he's home."

Tuttle said she hadn't been sure her family would see Bear again.

"I'm just so thankful that whoever had him took good care of him. We will have a happy Thanksgiving," she said.

Source: http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/update-missing-puppy-found-and-reunited-with-family

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Faith, bassett hound

Missing Dog Found Miles From Home, Reunited With Owners
Dog Named Faith Found In St. Francis Tuesday Afternoon
November 16, 2010

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- An amazing journey lead a Waukesha County couple to find Faith, their 8-year old basset hound.

Faith vanished from their Menomonee Falls yard Monday evening.
 She was found Tuesday afternoon in St. Francis, nearly 25 miles from home.

"How she ended up here, I don't know. But she did," said Elliot Brown, who found the dog. "I saw this little munchkin running down the street, so I started chasing her. She ran about a half-mile before I caught her. I know she doesn't look fast, but she is."

Brown took the pup into his home, and after making a few calls he discovered the droopy-eyed dog was missing.

Faith's faithful owners are photo-toting proud puppy parents. They rescued the dog, once in extremely poor health.

But clearly she can make a comeback, considering she likely traveled more than the distance of a marathon.

"I'm telling you it was just the happiest time," said Doris Luedke, Faith's owner. "It has been the longest 24 hours I've spent."

Brown said he is no stranger to rescuing dogs. This is the third dog he's reunited with owners this year.

Source: http://www.wisn.com/r/25820362/detail.html
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Maggie, jack russell terrier

Westside Watcher Reunited And It Feels So Good
Lost Journey of Maggie Has Happy Ending
Kathy Johnson
November 5, 2010

Last night I was reunited with my dog after 21 days of her being lost in the Temblor Mountain Range.

Maggie is a four year old Jack Russell Terrier who weighs less than 20 pounds. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old.

In the days preceding Oildorado (Taft's 100 year celebration) Maggie got out of my yard. She had been nervous because of the gunfire from the "Hoosegow" even though I had tried to keep her inside and calm. After weeks of searching I had just about given up hope of ever seeing her again. Yesterday though, a friend saw her picture on Craigslist and I drove to Simi Valley for a very joyful reunion. My dog was found, nearly starved, by a BLM consultant after 17 days of being lost. She was found near the Painted Rock site on the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Or rather, they say, she found them.

Maggie was first seen near Painted Rock on day twelve by a BLM employee who couldn't catch her. Five days later she scratched on the door of a mobile home at 9:30 pm. The wife of a BLM consultant, who was staying there for a few weeks, took her in and cared for her. Maggie was emaciated and her paws were sore. Her rescuers cleaned her up and took her to a vet to make sure she wasn't seriously injured. They contacted people in California Valley and the surrounding areas to see if anyone had lost her. Determined to find her family, they listed her on Petfinder and other lost dog lists.

In the meantime, I was putting flyers up around Taft and contacting local dog shelters and rescue organizations, sure that Maggie was somewhere in Taft. I couldn't imagine that she had gone far. I thought she had been found by someone who decided to keep her. When she got out, she must have run, terrified, into the fields. With every gunshot she probably ran further and further until she was lost.

The terrain between here and the Painted Rock is 20 miles as a crow flies. It contains the rugged Temblor Range which runs in northwest-southeasterly direction along the borders of Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties and is one of the California Coast Ranges. The peaks within the Temblor Range average about 3500 ft above sea level.

Taft has been designated as a gateway community to the Carrizo Plain National Monument which is a flat plain about 12 miles wide on the other side of the Temblor Range. A few years ago I took a tour of Painted Rock which included a 45 minute walk to access it. I saw a lot of wildlife and heard a rattlesnake in one of the caves of Painted Rock. It's the habitat of predatory animals such as coyotes, hawks, mountain lions, tarantulas and more. Maggie must have spent at least ten days crossing the mountain range before coming to the Carisso Plain, just trying to find home. It's terrifying to think of her out there, alone.

When my friend showed me the Craigslist ad, I couldn't believe I was seeing Maggie's picture! I emailed the couple who had cared for her. They had fallen in love with my courageous little dog. They were determined to find her true family so when they called me they insisted I email them a picture of her. I told them her name was Maggie. They had tried to find out her name and went through a list of dog names. When they came to the name, Mattie, she came alive so that's what they called her.

The family had already returned to their home in Simi Valley so off I went with my friend, who found her on Craigslist. I confessed that I was a little nervous that Maggie would prefer to stay with her "new" family after her dramatic rescue. I shouldn't have worried because as soon as I went in the house and called her name, she jumped in my arms and wouldn't quit licking my face. She would hardly leave my side until we left.

Joe and Terry Simon, the couple who rescued her, are wonderful people. He is a consultant for the Bureau of Land Management and was hired by the BLM to do the study on the Painted Rock. I will always be grateful that they were there. They took extraordinary measures to reunite Maggie with her family. It was a celebration in their home, which was filled with their extended family members. They refused to take any kind of reward or recompense for their expenses.

I'm very grateful to have my little dog home again after she went on her own incredible journey.

Source: http://www.taftindependent.com/News/ViewArticle/2359

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Lost dog reunited with owner after months of separation
November 9th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

Washington - When the DRAW Rescue volunteer received a phone call about a stray dog this past August, she was going to give her standard advice and advise the caller to contact Animal Control. But curiosity got the better of the volunteer and she started asking questions.

It turns out that the stray dog was very close to the volunteer's home. Apparently, the dog was injured and frightened and nobody could get close.

Not one to let an injured dog suffer, the volunteer set out with a leash, bag of treats and a blanket - hoping that she would be able to coax the injured dog to safety.

What ensued was a several hour game of cat and mouse - the volunteer would get close, and the dog would limp away. Thankfully, after several hours of tireless pursuit in the blazing sun, the dog collapsed, exhausted, and the determined volunteer was able to scoop her up and carry her to back to her waiting car.

A trip to the rescue's veterinarian revealed that the stray dog had a badly broken leg. Draw Rescue did not hesitate to agree to the surgery that would be necessary to put the broken dog back together.

The dog, now named Lexxie, had her surgery, and went home with the volunteer that caught her so that she could heal. One week post surgery, Lexxie attempted to bolt from her foster home, ripping her stitches from her leg. She had to revisit the vet clinic to be sewn up yet again. Thankfully, she did not attempt to escape after this incident.

Draw Rescue notified animal control of the found dog, and also posted notices on Craigslist - hoping to find Lexxie's owner. Nobody stepped forward to claim the stray, injured dog.

As the weeks passed, Lexxie healed and began to attend adoption events. According to DRAW, she was always the star of the show - stealing people's hearts with her sweet, well-behaved demeanor.

She was amazing with children and well, just amazing in general. Draw had no doubt that she would be an amazing find for a special adopter.

When the first adoption inquiry came in for Lexxie, it was someone asking about the dog's availability. The person was told that Lexxie was just now available in light of her prior injury. Another inquiry came in from the same person later in the day.

The person claimed to know who owned the dog and that the dog's real name was Estrella and that her owner had been searching frantically for her for nearly 3 months.

Within moments, the owner of Lexxie/Estrella phoned the Draw volunteer. He explained what had happened to spur Estrella's disappearance.

Back on August 17, three days before the dog was found, Lexxie/Estrella bolted from her yard after a sonic boom frightened her. Residents of Washington State will recall that day - fighter jets had been deployed from Portland, OR to Seattle when a float plane violated airspace restraints put in place while President Obama visited the area.

The owner had been searching for his dog ever since. After spending several minutes on the phone, talking about the dog, the volunteer invited the man to her home.

Lexxie/Estrella had lived with this volunteer for nearly 3 months. She was sweet, but shy and reserved. She had come around from the time she had been found, but still had a long way to go.

According to the volunteer, that all changed the minute that her true owner walked through the door. The dog heard his voice, launched herself from the couch, and ran to his waiting arms. A tearful reunion followed.

According to Estrella's foster mom, Estrella/Lexxie left that night to finally go HOME where she belonged.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/estrella-with-her-owner-picture#

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rusty, toy fox terrier

Two Years Later, Missing Dog Reunited With Bronx Family
By: Erica Ferrari
12/27/2009 10:33 AM
After a nearly three-year, 800-mile odyssey, a missing dog has been reunited with his Bronx family.

"Rusty" the toy fox terrier arrived at JFK Airport in Queens early Saturday night.

He ran off his leash during a walk nearly three years ago. His owner recently received a call that he had been found in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I always think that I'm going to find him, and I have that, everyday I said, 'I'm going to find him, one day I'm going to find him,' and also I pray to God every night I say 'God please let me know where is my dog, is he alive or is he dead,'" said Rusty's owner, Norma Alejandro.

"I'm so happy to see him, and I love him so much, and I know how much my grandma cared about him, when I heard we found him, I know that it was a Christmas miracle for all of us to have him back," said Alejandro's grandaughter, Chelsea Ortiz.

The family posted fliers pleading for the dog's return, and registered the pup as missing on the Internet.

A couple in Georgia took Rusty to the vet, where a computer identification chip was found under his skin.

Source: http://bronx.ny1.com/content/top_stories/111073/two-years-later--missing-dog-reunited-with-bronx-family

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sunshine, Cocker Spaniel

Missing dog reunited with Marine’s family
By Raymond Legendre, Staff Writer
Monday, March 23, 2009 at 11:59 a.m.
Jonathan Poche holds his family’s cocker spaniel, Sunshine, and a picture of his brother Jeremy.
THIBODAUX — When Jeremy Poche returns from Marine Corps boot camp, his cocker spaniel, Sunshine, will race to the door to greet him, just like always.

Sunshine disappeared in February from the home of a friend who was caring for her.

Weeks of searching turned up no sign of the cocker, until Thibodaux dog groomer Jenny Breaux saw a newspaper story about the missing dog and a photo in the newspaper.

Breaux, owner of Pampered Pets in the St. Charles community, called the Poche family and told them a black cocker brought in for a haircut bore a strong resemblance to the photo of Sunshine in the newspaper.

Sunshine’s return to her human family’s home in Lutcher inspired a rush of emotions, said Pam Poche.

“Even my housekeeper was crying when she came in,” Pam Poche mother said. “Everybody assumed she had gotten killed. When everybody saw her, everyone was ecstatic. She’s back with us. We’re whole again.”

The dog appeared well-kept, Poche said, except for a wound on the back — apparently from a BB — and the ear infection.

Sunshine’s odyssey began when Jeremy left for boot camp and his brother Jonathan, a pre-med major at Nicholls State University, agreed to take her in.

But Jonathan learned he could not keep the dog in his dorm and gave her to a friend to watch. The dog disappeared from the friend’s home.

As he searched for Sunshine Jonathan harbored the dread of having to tell his brother she was gone.

The family said nothing of the dog’s disappearance to the Marine, not wishing him to have distractions at boot camp.

Sunshine was alive and well, however, having somehow stumbled into the life of Rosie Wilford, a caregiver to Jenny Breaux’s mother.

When Wilford took the dog to Breaux, the groomer saw the resemblance to the missing dog written about in the newspaper, and she called the frantic family.

Just how Wilford came by the dog was never quite clear.  Although initially reluctant, Wilford agreed to return Sunshine to the Poches in exchange for a small cash reward. She could not be reached for comment this weekend.

“Although it was a very hard decision, because she had come to love the dog and care for the dog,” Breaux said, “I encouraged her wholeheartedly to return the dog to the owner for several reasons.”

Source: http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20090323/ARTICLES/903239961?p=2&tc=pg
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