Monday, July 30, 2012

Sandy, golden mix

Dog lost in Waldo Canyon Fire reunited with owner a month later
by Jacqui Heinrich 
Jul 30, 2012 5:04 PM

Abram Faith was driving home after a night of camping near Rampart Reservoir when he took a turn for the worse-- literally. "We took a last turn too quick on the dirt road and the car toppled about 3 times," Faith says.

What he didn't realize was that his luck was about to bottom out; while checking the condition of his two dogs trapped in their smashed kennel, Sandy, a mixed breed of a golden color, escaped. "When I opened the door Sandy girl just split from the cage, just jetted from the cage." Faith recalls. He spent hours trying to track her down, until he was pushed out of the area. The Waldo Canyon fire's flames were creeping ever closer.

Faith waited anxiously to see if the road where Sandy was lost would reopen, posting photos of the dog on Facebook and Craigslist and emailing animal control officials in the meantime. He thought he had reached a dead end until Angie Davis, a shelter volunteer at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, gave him the phone call he had been waiting for.

"I had been looking for her for three weeks, ever since the incident, ever since I was told she was missing, I had been looking for that dog," Davis says. Davis lives near the area where Sandy was reported missing, and had been checking shelters and surrounding streets whenever she had time. While walking through rows of cages one day while volunteering, she spotted Sandy and reunited her with her owner. "She came alive and her whole body wagged. It was awesome."

Faith says at one point he was convinced Sandy was gone forever; after all, she was found about twelve miles from where she was lost, and spent a month surviving in an area consumed by flames.

Faith is now thanking Davis and other Humane Society personnel for their hard work in locating his best friend, and urging other dog owners to microchip their pets.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amadeus - beagle lab mix

Dog owner reunited with stolen companion
Posted: Jul 24, 2012 2:00 AM EDT 

GALLATIN, Tenn. - A Middle Tennessee woman was reunited with her dog after the Beagle Lab mix was taken by a couple at a convenience store not far from her Gallatin home.

A clerk at the Sudden Service store on Coles Ferry and Airport roads reported seeing a couple take the dog and drive away with him on July 6. 

The couple indicated to Amy Watson they would return her dog, but never did, so she filed a police report. 

Monday afternoon, Watson said Gallatin police showed up at her home with her lost-and found dog, Amadeus.

An officer told Watson Amadeus was getting excited as they were approaching her home. 

In an email she wrote, "So happy to [have] my companion home and my second pair of ears!"

Watson declined to press charges against the couple that took Amadeus and said she only wanted him home safely.


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Owner says couple won't return lost-and-found dog

GALLATIN, Tenn. - A Middle Tennessee woman claims a couple who picked up her dog after he ran away from home earlier this month refuses to return the canine.

Amy Watson said her Beagle Lab mix, Amadeus, ran about a half-mile from her home to a nearby convenience store on July 4.

Watson told Nashville's News 2 Investigates Amadeus suffers from a skin condition on his neck so he was not wearing a collar at the time he disappeared.

Not only does the six-year-old dog serve as Watson's companion, he is also her second set of ears since she has 85% bilateral hearing loss.

Since his disappearance, Watson said she and her friends have spent time posting "Missing" posters.

Watson told Nashville's News 2 Investigates the last she heard, Amadeus was last spotted at the Sudden Service store located at Coles Ferry and Airport roads.

According to a police report, a store clerk reported a couple took the dog on July 6 and drove away in a four-door blue sedan.

Watson said she has given the clerks a poster of Amadeus. They told police they passed the poster with Watson's contact information on to the couple. They also reported the couple indicated they would call her and return the dog.

Watson said she waited patiently for several days but the couple never called so she filed a police report.

"I finally broke down and cried this morning. This is my furry son.  At this point they have effectively stolen my dog and I hope they are taking care of him," she said.

"They have my information. I guess they fell in love with him like I did and just don't want to give him back," Watson continued.  "It was [initially] a good act, and they took him in, to get him out of harms way, since then, it's been more than a week and had my info and now willfully withholding my property."

Gallatin police said they are searching for a blue four-door sedan and a blue pickup truck.

The couple who is believed to have Amadeus is said to live in Westmoreland.

Police said they could face misdemeanor theft charges.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Allie & Bama, bassett hounds

Stolen dogs returned to owners 5 years later
By Laura MossMon
Jul 23 2012

The basset hounds were stolen from a Tennessee home, but turned up in Georgia years later. Now they have been reunited with their owners.

A pair of basset hounds named Allie and 'Bama were reunited with their owners, Brenda Travis and Tom Shields, on July 14, more than five years after the dogs disappeared.

The hounds were stolen from the couple’s Murfreesboro, Tenn., home, and although Travis and Shields searched for months, they were unable to find any trace of their pets. They didn’t expect to ever see them again.

"We would look in neighborhoods and just drive around. We drove around for months just looking," Travis told KSDK-TV.

But a few weeks ago the couple, who now live in Wichita, Kan., got a call from kennel technician Becky Davis of the Paulding County Animal Shelter in Georgia. She told Travis that the dogs had been found in the parking lot of a Dallas, Ga., tractor supply store on July 5.

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Shelter workers used a microchip detector on the dogs and found that one of them had a chip with three phone numbers. Davis tried the first two numbers, but they were no longer in service. The third number rang Travis’ phone.

"I asked her, 'Do you happen to have two basset hounds'?" Davis told KSDK-TV.

"And I said, 'No ma'am, ours got stolen five-and-a-half years ago'," Travis replied.

"I said, 'Well, we have them here at the pound'," Davis told her.

That’s when Travis said the tears started.

Volunteers from Guardian Angel Basset Rescue helped reunite Allie and ‘Bama with their owners, driving the dogs to meet Travis and Shields in St. Louis.

Hundreds of miles and half a decade later, the Basset Hounds are now back where they belong.

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You can watch a video of Allie and 'Bama and their happy owners below.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kojack, therapy dog

Lost therapy dog reunited with owner
Reporter: Tammy Vo, 9 On Your Side Extra

Jul. 22, 2012

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A special therapy dog named Kojack and his owner Lori Ginsburg were separated over a week ago during a hiking trip at Catalina State Park. A storm likely spooked the dog who took off down the mountain.

Kojack and his owner have been reunited thanks to some good people and a lot of hope. 

Ginsburg describes the feeling of "panic" after realizing that her dog was gone. Every day she handed out fliers and set up a Facebook page. Most of all, she never lost hope.

"My gut feeling was that he was out there somewhere, and he was ok. I panicked but never let myself get discouraged" said Ginsburg. On Friday, Kojack turned up at a stranger's door. He was covered in cactus, hungry and thirsty. The woman who took him in was a former veterinarian. She cleaned him up, fed him and called the phone number on Kojack's tag. Ginsburg couldn't believe that Kojack had been found alive. "He's my little best friend."

Ginsburg posted photos of the car ride home which came with an obvious appreciation for the simple things in life, like a family pet. Kojack came home to a party, complete with balloons and dog biscuits.
Kojack is a therapy dog, and once he's feeling better he will continue his work with sick children.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Molly, basset hound

Dog reunited with owner's family after 3 years, 1,000 miles

7/16/2012 10:33:00 PM

Molly, a basset hound, was found three years after she wandered away from Fort Hood, Texas, thanks to a microchip

Molly, a basset hound, was recently reunited with her owner's family three years after the dog wandered 1,000 miles away from Fort Hood, Texas, thanks to a microchip that a Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control officer found when scanning Molly, said Prescott Valley Police Sgt Brandon Bonney.

On July 7, Prescott Valley police officers took possession of Molly, who had been running loose in the area, and impounded the dog for follow-up by Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control officers.

The next day, an animal control officer scanning the dog found a microchip identifying Molly and her owner, and spoke with the owner, who is a member of the military serving in Fort Hood, Texas.

The owner was happy to hear Molly had been found and said her dog disappeared back in 2009 from Fort Hood. The owner told the officer that she returned from a deployment in Iraq, went on another mission, and while she was gone Molly ran away from the house of a friend who was watching her, and that she had not heard anything about the dog since then.

"The owner contacted her family members in Tucson who responded immediately to retrieve Molly," Bonney said.

When the owner is back from a current assignment, she will drive to Tucson to bring Molly home.

"This is a success story that highlights the need to better identify our pets," Bonney said. "To many, pets are a member of the family. In addition to a well-marked collar, a microchip is an invaluable means for identifying lost pets."

Most police departments are equipped with a scanner to read the microchip and can help reunite lost pets with their families, Bonney said.

For more information on microchips, please contact a veterinarian, humane society or animal control professionals.