Friday, January 31, 2014

Perry, minpin

Posted by CDN
January 30, 2014

Riverview, Florida – During late 2013, Perry, a 10-year old miniature pinscher, accidently wandered away from his Riverview home and was seriously injured while roaming the streets. He sustained multiple puncture wounds throughout his body.  One of his injuries included a very serious and graphic gash which extended about 270-degrees around his neck.

Lucky for Perry he was observed staggering down the road the following morning and was rushed to the Boyette Animal Hospital, 10931 Boyette Road, Riverview, Florida, where emergency care was immediately initiated even though an owner had not been identified.    

Doctor Sarah Hilario said, “It was touch and go for a while, we didn’t know if he would actually survive the extensive surgery needed to treat his injuries.”  The surgery lasted for about two hours and required dozens of internal sutures and 25 staples to close the gash on his neck.  An additional ten sutures and drains were needed to treat the injuries to one of his back legs. Several treatments followed and Perry had to be put on pain medications and antibiotics.

“Perry surprised us all and he turned out to be a real fighter,” said Doctor Bob Encinosa, the person who actually found Perry.  Dr. Encinosa, with the help of his daughter, safely rescued the injured dog and immediately transported him to the animal hospital.  It is believed Perry was viciously attacked by another animal – possibly a large dog or coyote.  

Fortunately for Perry he had a microchip.  However the microchip was registered to the rescue group that found Perry his current home.  It took a day or two to locate the actual owner, but by that time Perry was on the road to recovery.

Due to microchip technology and the caring Boyette Animal Hospital team, Perry is alive, doing well today and best of all he is back where he belongs - with his thankful family!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Logan, husky

Happy ending as owner is reunited with escaped dog injured by car in Stortford
Written by Paul Winspear
Monday 27 January 2014

A DOG who was lost and injured in Bishop's Stortford has been reunited with his desperate owner.

Logan, a two-and-a-half-year-old husky, escaped from Thornbera Gardens, off Thorley Hill, at 7pm on Monday (January 27).

He was spotted near Pig Lane and was hit by an Audi, which drove off.

Another driver, a woman called Emily, chased him for a mile towards the Coach and Horses pub at Thorley Street.

An alert for people to keep an eye out for Logan went out via social media.

A story was published on this website at 11:12pm, and the Observer’s 6,343 Twitter followers and 1,222 Facebook fans.

This morning, at first light, owner Julie Brett went to the Coach and Horses and found Logan.

“Thanks to everyone who helped,” she said. “He has a cut paw and is happy to see us.”

Observer editor Paul Winspear: “It’s great to be able to report a happy ending.

“I suppose if you name a dog Logan you’ve got to expect him to like a run!”


Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Family finds beloved missing dog 14 months later
By Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star8
January 28, 2014

When their mixed-breed dog Kanga escaped from a kennel in November 2012, about 10 miles from their home, the Koprowski family spent months searching for her.

"Kanga", a mixed-breed dog went missing for 14 months before the family recovered her on the side of the road while driving to the movies recently.
The northwest-side family searched neighborhoods, checked in with local kennels and scoured lost-dog postings on Craigslist. All to no avail.

“She had to go through the winter of 2012. She had to go through the summer, which was really hot, monsoons, rattlesnakes, so we weren’t very hopeful,” Nancy Koprowski said about Kanga.

They hoped for the best, that a kind family had taken her in, but knew that after being lost in the desert for so long the odds were against her.

But it wouldn’t be the first time Kanga beat the odds.

Kanga and her brother, Oso, already escaped an uncertain fate. They were part of a litter found with their mother in the desert in the summer of 2010.

“He almost died. He was super-dehydrated,” daughter Emma Koprowski said of Oso. “Kanga was the runt of the litter and, of course, no one expects them to stay (alive), but she did. She’s a fighter.”

With Kanga missing, it became habit for the 17-year-old to pull over whenever she saw a stray. “I try to get them because I know that feeling of having your best friend gone, somebody that’s there every day,” she said.

So two Sundays ago, when Emma and her father, John, were headed to a movie and she saw a tan dog digging on the side of the road about a mile from their home, near Interstate 10 and Pima Farms Road, she asked him to pull over.

The dog looked familiar. And when she caught sight of her blue eyes, Emma knew it was Kanga.

Emma and John began calling out her name, but the skittish dog scampered off.

They spoke with property owner Bob Holder, who told them Kanga has been hanging around his 30-acre spread since he moved there in July.

She played with his dogs and slept in a mesquite thicket on his acreage. Kanga did have a microchip, but anytime Holder got close to her, she’d run away.

Holder left food and water out for her.

“I’ve got two dogs that are missing right now, so I would hope that somebody would do the same for mine,” he said.

That first day, Kanga wouldn’t come near the Koprowskis. Holder promised to call when he saw her again. And he did the following day.

After school, Emma and a friend went back to the property and tried to coax Kanga close enough to get her leash on.

“She kept teasing us. She would come close and then run away,” Emma said.

Then, after about three hours, Kanga sat down beside Emma, and she was able to leash her.

After months of having dreams that her best friend had come home and waking up crying when she realized it wasn’t true, Emma couldn’t believe Kanga was back.

“I was shaking. I was like, this can’t be real, after a year and two months, and I have her in my arms,” she said. “After that I was like I’m not letting you go. I just wanted to hold her all day.”

When Kanga ran off from the kennel, while the Koprowskis took a weekend trip to San Diego, she didn’t have a collar on because staff members had taken it off to groom her. She ran out of the building and into the desert.

When she got home, Emma put two collars on Kanga just to be safe.

Aside from losing 17 pounds, Kanga was in good condition. “Every night we sit here and go: ‘I can’t believe she’s here. She acts the same way she always has,” said Nancy Koprowski.

She knew where the food and water bowls and doggy beds were kept, and remembered her tricks. That first night she slept down at the foot of Nancy and John’s bed just as she always did.

“It’s like she never left in some ways,” Nancy said.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Lost Pup Sought by Animal Detectives Returns Home
By Irene Plagianos
January 28, 201

LOWER MANHATTAN — Their dogged determination paid off.

An East Village couple that hired a pet detective to scour the city for their pup Georgie, who went missing on Dec. 25, has been reunited with their beloved pet.

An East Village couple was on the search for their beloved puppy, six-month old Georgie, offering a $2,500 reward for his return. The small pup went missing on Dec. 25, 2013 and has since been brought home.
But it wasn’t the scent-tracking dogs brought in to sniff out 6-month-old Georgie that finally collared the pooch. It was an ad on Craigslist, said Manu Pohani, who owns the rescue dog with his girlfriend, Margaret Mak, that led Georgie back to them late Friday evening.

“The young women who found Georgie saw our ad on Craigslist and, once they checked out our Facebook page, as well as the [DNAinfo New York article] about Georgie, they realized that Georgie was missed tremendously, and that we were not going to give up on him,” Pohani said.

Pohani said a 20-year-old Bronx resident spotted Georgie — without knowing about the search for him — in an acquaintance's apartment in The Bronx on Jan. 3.

"She said he was tied up in a corner, and it looked like something was wrong, so she decided to rescue the puppy from the apartment and take Georgie with her," he said.

The dog rescuer already had a pup at home so decided to give Georgie to her 8-year-old half-sister in New Rochelle, but after Georgie barked too much, the 20-year-old took Georgie back to her Bronx apartment, Pohani said.

"They said everyone quickly fell in love with Georgie," Pohani said, but the family happened upon Pohani's lost dog post on Craigslist, and quickly found his Facebook page and the media attention the search had garnered.

"They are all such good girls, and come from a wonderful family who clearly all loved Georgie and wanted what was best for him," said Pohani, who picked up Georgie from the Bronx apartment late Friday night. "They said they didn't want the [$2,500] reward, but we insisted they take it."

"We don't know how Georgie ended up in The Bronx, but we're just so happy that the girls found him, and brought him back to us," Pohani added. "We're forever grateful."


Monday, January 27, 2014

Lexi, German shepherd

Dog lost near Payson returned to Tucson owners
By Veronica M. Cruz
January 27, 2014

After being lost in Northern Arizona for two weeks, Lexi, a German Shepherd mix was returned to her Tucson owners after she was found by two Arizona Department of Transportation workers wandering along a highway near Payson.

On Jan. 9, Steve Maynard and AJ Gonzalez, who work in ADOT's Materials section, were on duty traveling west on State Route 260 toward Payson when they saw Lexi almost get hit by a truck while wandering on an overpass, according to a news release from ADOT.

The pair stopped and were able to get the dog in the truck and over to an ADOT maintenance yard in Payson where they gave her treats.

They checked Lexi's collar and tags and found she was registered in Pima County and tracked down her owners with help from the Pima Animal Care Center, the release said.

They learned Lexi had escaped from her owner's vacation rental near the Mogollon Rim on Christmas Day. She had been wandering in the Woods Canyon Lake forest before Maynard and Gonzalez found her two weeks later about 10 miles away from where she was last seen.

Maynard took Lexi to his home in Phoenix where family members of the owners picked her up, the release said.

“Words cannot express how glad we were to receive that call,” Michael Bauschka, Lexi’s owner, said in a news release. “We are so appreciative that they went out of their way to rescue our dog.”


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Margo, cockerpoo

Margo Goes Home: Dog Stolen in Burglary Reunited With Owner
Thieves took Margo out of her crate -- and even stole her leash
Saturday, Jan 25, 2014

A D.C. man has been reunited with his dog after it was stolen in a burglary -- and after he took to News4 and social media, desperate to find her.

A dog stolen in a burglary has been reunited with his owner after a story on News4 and social media posts with the hash tag #FindMargo.

Eric Peterson said his cockapoo, Margo, was found on Benning Road in northeast Washington Saturday morning, after a tipster saw the dog's picture on News4 or on social media.

Police responded and found Margo, as well as some of her belongings, which the burglars had stolen.

News4's Pat Collins told the story of Peterson's break-in and his desperate search for Margo on News4 on Friday. The story was popular on social media, with people sharing posts with the hash tag #FindMargo.

"She's my family," Peterson said in the interview, visibly moved by the loss of his pet.

"I mean, I don't have any kids, so I wouldn't want to equate my dog with a child, but she's my companion. She's who I come home to."

WATCH: Man Desperate to Find Missing Dog

The break-in happened near 14th and D streets in Northeast, near Lincoln Park. The thieves, who apparently broke in through a basement door, took other valuables: The TV, two iPads, a laptop.

But they also opened Margo's crate and took the 2 1/2 year old cockapoo that Peterson has had since she was a puppy. They even took one of her leashes from a hook near the front door.

Peterson offered a reward of $10,000, no questions asked. It's not yet known if that reward will be paid.


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Larsson & Nell, springer spaniels

Pet detectives found my stolen dogs
23rd January 2014

A DOG owner has been reunited with his pets after enlisting the help of pet detectives.

The two brown and white springer spaniels, Larsson and Nell, were stolen from a summer house at Gary Notley’s home.

Mr Notley, 53, got in touch with Wales-based business Stolen and Stray Pet Recovery to help find his pets,.

He said: “I employed some pet detectives. I got them involved in the search.”

After twoweeks, the detectives had tracked down the dogs. They were still in Essex and it is believed they may have been stolen for breeding.

Mr Notley said: “I came home and my daughter, her boyfriend and my ex-wife were at home.

They said they’d been tidying up the spare room and when I went up the dogs were both there.

“It was surreal and I was just a bit numb. There were tears, happiness and the whole rollercoaster of emotions.”

Stolen and Stray co-founder Stephanie Kent-Nye said: “Gary got in touch quickly. If people leave it for weeks the trail can go cold. We publicised it across all the vets and authorities and then picked up some intelligence that allowed us to act.”

The hunt for the dogs was shared through social media with more than 1,800 Facebook users liking the Find Nell and Larsson page.

Mr Notley, of Fairstead Road, Fairstead, said he realised the success of the campaign when he took the dogs to the vets for a check-up.

He said: “Larsson has got some wounds to his face and a couple of nicks near his eyes.

When I went to the vets, everybody said, ‘Are those the two stolen dogs?’ “The practice manager said they had more than 10,500 hits on their website.”

Mr Notley, a former sales manager, who hopes to establish a dog training business, was even offered help by pet clairvoyants.

He said: “We had two animal communicators from the USA do a reading and one of them said the dogs were in a stable with people who worked with horses.

“When we got them back, both of them smelled like a manure heap and Larsson had hay on him – it is quite unusual.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “The dogs have been recovered and police are investigating the circumstances.”

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cornflake, Saluki mix

Missing blind dog reunited with owner
Cornflake’s disappearance had created a stir with many residents joining the search
By Sharmila Dhal, Chief Reporter
Published: January 22, 2014

Dubai: A blind dog that went missing from a Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) villa created quite a stir in Dubai last week as animal lovers mounted a massive search, making SOS calls, frantic appeals on online forums and the radio.

Nadine Cottman, a British resident in JVT’s District 81, told XPRESS that Cornflake, her golden/white Saluki mix, squeezed himself out of their villa gate on the morning of January 14 when she was out.

Relieved: Cornflake after being reunited with owner Nadine Cottman

“I got a call from home saying he was missing. We were petrified because he cannot see. His tear ducts do not produce fluid and he is on treatment for quite some time for his eye condition.”

SOS sent out

She alerted friends and animal lovers and within no time the SOS message was out on the websites of most animal groups

“Urgent. This blind dog got scared and ran off. Please share and keep an eye out,” said a message, with a picture of Cornflake accompanying it.

“We were just informed there is a dog in the middle of the road, on Al Khail, between AD and Dubai, in front of Al Khail Gate building. He looks like he might be injured. Can anyone please go to this location?! Very urgent, he will get hit by a car/cars if he is left there!!” said another.

The next few hours saw a flurry of activity, although several leads led to a dead end.

But as luck would have it, a resident spotted him on Al Khail Road and took him to her house. “The next morning, we got news from our community online forum that a dog looking like Cornflake had been picked up. The dog was indeed our Cornflake. His sight may have failed him but he must have relied on his other senses to keep away from traffic.”


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cooper, carjacked

Dog, missing since Monday carjacking, reunited with owner
By Sandra Olivas, Reporter
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:43 AM EST

A man is thanking the public after his dog, stolen during a carjacking, was returned safely.

Greg Horton said he stopped by a store at Westport Road and Holly Street to buy some wine after work about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he was surprised by a crook who said he was armed and would kill him. Horton handed over his car keys and the thief took off with his vehicle, along with his dog, Cooper.

Kansas City police said the victim was in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Westport Road after work when he was carjacked. In the man's vehicle was his dog, Cooper.

Horton said he was worried sick over his best friend and wanted the public to keep an eye out for the dog.

"He's my companion. He's gotten me through some tough times. He's a centerpiece of my family," the man said.

The family pet was sitting in the front seat of the car when a stranger surprised the doctor in the parking lot.

"He pushed me up against the car and he said, ‘this is how it's going to go. We are going to get in the car or I will ghost you. I don't want to kill you, but I will,'" Horton said.

He handed over his keys, but said he knew if he got in the car, he may never see his family again. Instead, he took a chance and ran for help.

Officers located Horton's vehicle about four hours later in the area of West 37th and Main streets outside of a bar. There they arrested Matthew Law, but Cooper was nowhere to be found.

"The plates had been changed on the vehicle to Missouri plates, I had Kansas plates. And he was thirsty evidently and he stopped at the bar," Horton said.

But the story didn't end on a sad note. Turns out a family saw Cooper wandering at a gas station in Kansas City, KS, off 18th Street and Steele Road Tuesday morning. They were worried about the frigid temperatures so they took him in.

When the KCK family saw Cooper's picture on the Facebook Tuesday afternoon, they called police and Horton said he couldn't be more grateful.

"Thanks to all who tried to find him. Great thanks to the folks that harbored him overnight. I couldn't be more happy," Horton said.

He said Cooper has a lot of personality and would have found a way to survive.

"I would not have left the scenes if it was my kids. I knew Cooper could take care of himself. And he did. How he look to you? Perfect," Horton said.

The people who found the dog said they just wanted to get him into the warmth, even though they had no idea who he belonged to.

"The dog was just shivering, so my husband sent picture of the dog and texted it to me and told me hat he was cold and didn't really want to leave him out here. I said to bring him home, we'll give him some food and water and we'll see what we can do," Liz Trujillo said.

She said Cooper was so well behaved that she knew he was loved by someone. The family said they're just happy they could help.

The doctor was busy with patients all day Tuesday, but said he has the contact information of the family who found Cooper, and he can't wait to meet them. - Jackson, MS

Law was charged with one count of first-degree robbery and was given a $100,000 bond, 10 percent.

To view filed reports of lost and found pets around the metro, check out the Kansas City Lost Dog Registry at


Monday, January 20, 2014

Millie, deaf springer spaniel

Lost Dog Reunited Within Half An Hour Thanks To Microchip
January 13, 2014

Millie, a 13 year old deaf Springer Spaniel who went missing recently, was reunited almost instantly with her loving owners, Sonja and Stephen Williams from Beyton, Suffolk, thanks to her microchip.

Millie was out on a walk with Sonja and Stephen and their two other dogs last month when she went missing. With help from her microchip, Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped animals, and the person who found her, Millie was reunited with her family almost instantly.

Sonja explains: “As she is getting older and likes to walk at her own pace, we take her off lead and she regularly walks behind us when we go out for walks. On this particular evening, Stephen turned around and realised Millie was no longer behind him. We think she had followed other walkers by mistake and she ended by the village green wandering in the road and we were rather franticly trying to find her.”

Luckily for the couple, Bill Lambert, Health and Breeder Services Manager from the Kennel Club was on his way home from a dog show with his wife when they came across Millie standing in the road. Unfortunately Millie’s ID tag had fallen off, but Bill happened to have a microchip scanner in his car and scanned Millie before calling Petlog.

Luckily, Millie was microchipped with a Pet ID microchip and registered with Petlog. Once her owners were identified and contacted they travelled to pick up Millie.

Sonja continued: “We were delighted to have her back so quickly. Thanks to Bill and Petlog she was home safe and sound to sleep in her own bed that very evening. We’d hate to think of her in a council pound at her age. We’ve had her since she was three years old and she is very much part of the family.”


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Buddy/Lulo, Pekingese

Buddy, dog lost 6 years ago, returned to rightful Queens owner after $500 fee to sad holder
By Lisa Colangelo and Bill Hutchinson / New York Daily News
Thursday, January 16, 2014

A pet owner's happy reunion Thursday with his long-lost dog left a Queens man — who has been caring for the pooch for nearly six years — in tears.

Ben Choi got his Pekingese, Buddy, back after 78-year-old Alfred Hayek was coaxed into handing the canine over by two private detectives who negotiated the release.

Ben Choi searched high and low for his Pekingese, Buddy, when it went missing six years ago, but when 78-year-old Alex Hayek brought the dog to a Jackson Heights veterinarian this month a private investigator needed to step in to negotiate the return.

“Finally, I got my dog back after five years and 10 months,” said Choi, 30, of Queens. “I’m just speechless."
Buddy appeared docile back in Choi’s arms, revealing nothing in his expressions of his long ordeal.

“I’m sure Buddy is happy too,” said Choi, a Con Edison worker. “Right now I’m gonna take him to a vet, make sure he gets the shots and care he needs and definitely give him a bath.”

Buddy went missing from Choi’s Fresh Meadows home in 2008. Choi said he searched for his furry friend for months, putting up posters and going door-to-door to no avail.

Last Friday, Choi got a call out of the blue from a Jackson Heights veterinarian, saying, “We have your dog.”

Hayek, who named Buddy “Lulo,” took him to the vet for treatment, unaware the animal had a microchip implanted under his skin that revealed his real name and owner.

But as Choi rushed to the vet’s office to pick up Buddy, Hayek scooped up the dog and scrammed.

Choi met with Hayek before hiring retired NYPD cops John Swenson and Angel Nieves of the APB Detective Services to negotiate Buddy’s release.

Hayek said he felt he deserved $2,500 for caring for the dog and showering him with love for the past six years. The private detectives got him to settle for $500 and he reluctantly handed Buddy over to Choi about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“They took away my dog,” a dejected Hayek said. “I feel bad. That dog was my heart.”

As Buddy got in a car with Choi and drove away, Hayek, who has a second dog, began to cry.

“I’m gonna miss my dog,” he said, his voice choked with emotion. “My Lulo is not coming back anymore.”
Nieves said Buddy appeared well cared for and said Hayek was a “complete gentleman” in the negotiations to turn Buddy over.

“Alfred still loves the dog very much, but he knows what’s right,” said Nieves. “The dog has been loved, but the right thing to do is what happened today.”

Hayek said he’d like to see Buddy again, and hopes Choi allows him visitation rights.

“I would like to see my dog, but I don’t know,” said Hayek.

Barbara Nosel, a former neighbor of Hayek who works at Rick’s Cafe in Jackson Heights, said Hayek doted over Buddy and frequently bought him baked chicken from a corner store.

“He took care of the dog so well,” Nosel said. “He carried the dog all the time. He’s a lovely person.”


Friday, January 17, 2014

Chance, Staffordshire bull terrier

Dog missing for ten years and found in Newport is reunited with family
Thursday 16th January 2014

BACK HOME: Chance was missing for ten years, but was found in Newport

A DOG which went missing from his home a decade ago has been re-united with its family after being found in Newport.

Ten years after he went missing from his Barry home, Chance the Staffordshire bull terrier is now back at home with owner Sion Cox, who last saw his pal when he was 11 years old.

Sion’s mother, Julie Coombes, said the incredible story began when Chance disappeared from her garden on Elizabeth Avenue ten years ago.

The heartbroken family spent months searching for three-year-old Chance, putting up posters and notices online, with no success.

Julie, 44, said: “You never really stop looking. You go places and you see a dog and think ‘Is that him’?”

Nevertheless, the letter Julie received from a kennel in Newport saying they had found her dog was the last thing she expected.

Assuming at first they mistakenly meant one of her current pets, both safe at home, a phone call confirmed that the dog’s microchip had identified him as Chance.

She said: “Sion walked through the door to hear me say ‘Never? You’ve got Chance!’ We were all quite emotional.”

“I didn’t really believe it,” said Sion. “I just thought it can’t be him.”

Chance had been found abandoned, grossly neglected and in poor health in a Newport underpass.

Julie and Sion went to visit the dog despite being told to expect the worst.

“As soon as Sion said his name, that was it. They were back together,” said Julie. “We could see he wasn’t well but there was no way we were leaving him, we said we’ve got to get him home.”

Chance has now gone to live with student Sion, who couldn’t be happier to have his old friend back.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I never thought he would come back, at all.

“His back legs have gone, he’s got a few things wrong with him, he’s just been really neglected but he’s eating well and he loves going out for a walk.

“Any time I leave he cries, I can’t leave him on his own. He’s more than happy here though, he’s pretty chilled out.

“I just want to keep him going as long as possible now. If that’s six months, ten months or two years I want to give him the best life possible.”


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dempsey, boxer

Missing Dog Survives 9 Days In Frigid Maine, Reunites With Maryland Family
January 14, 2014

NORTH ANSON, Maine (WJZ)—A Maryland family believes nothing short of a miracle saved their dog from certain death in the frigid Maine wilderness.

Mary Bubala has his survival story.

Against the odds and more than a week after the dog ran away, he’s been reunited with his overjoyed family.

Dempsey survived nine days without food in the bitter cold.

He just went through surgery.

Jamie Cyrway from Severn was able to get the reunion she was hoping for.

“Oh my goodness, I’m just so thankful.  Just so, so thankful,” Cyrway said.

Thirteen days ago, Cyrway’s dog Dempsey jumped a six-foot fence at her parent’s house in Maine.

The family searched for days, offering a reward, putting up signs around the neighborhood and on Facebook.

“We went out on snow shoes,” said Janet Boothby, Cyrway’s mother. “We went out at night. We took my dog on trails. Jamie and I went through the woods. We had scent stations set up.”

Cyrway, a single parent of three, had to go back to Maryland for work, but the search didn’t stop there.

Someone reported hitting a dog with their car just a mile or so from Christine Pierce’s house. Without even knowing Dempsey or his family, she bundled up the kids to go search.

“I followed the tracks that came down this way, and they went right into the building,” Pierce said.

Just minutes later, she found Dempsey.

“He looked horrible. He was skinny,” Pierce said. “He wasn’t moving and when I saw him, I said, ‘Dempsey, I found you! I can’t believe I found you!’”

His leg was broken and his heart was barely beating.

But he was alive.

“It’s really a miracle,” said Dr. Darren Richards, Madison Animal Hospital. “Nine days in the subzero temperatures that we had, and he’s not a very big dog, so he’s lucky.  I think when she found him, he was probably within an hour or two of dying.”

Dempsey is being nursed back to health by Cyrway’s mom until she can get back to Maine.

Jamie Cyrway drove back up to Maine last weekend.  They hope to bring Dempsey home as soon as he can travel after surgery.

The family says they are so grateful for all the people who helped search for their dog. People even donated money to help pay for his surgery.

Pierce will receive a small reward for finding Dempsey.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tigger, lab-pit mix

Dog missing in NYC for 3 weeks is found thanks to fliers, Facebook
By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
January 15, 2014

A dog that went missing in midtown Manhattan in December was reunited with his owners on Tuesday thanks to fliers, Facebook and the kindness of plenty of strangers.

Tigger, a year-old lab and pit-bull mix, was being walked by the daughter of a friend of the couple who owns him, Manny Benor and Valerie Aranov, when he broke free as they were leaving the dog run in Madison Square Park. (Benor believes she accidentally attached the leash to a key ring on Tigger's collar.) The 13-year-old chased after the pup for several blocks, but Tigger vanished — and the search for him began.

"I immediately went out in the streets," Benor, 32, told Yahoo News. "We put up fliers on the same day." That was on Dec. 20.

The couple launched a Facebook page — "Help Find Tigger" — and enlisted friends and co-workers to canvass the city. Their doggie day care service sent out a search party, Benor said, and a dog walker and trainer searched Central Park for Tigger every day.

"We called every shelter, every precinct," Benor said. "We would stop by the shelters twice a day."

Tigger was microchipped, he said, but the couple went anyway. "I would go in the mornings before work, and Valerie would go at night," Benor said.

"Tigger is quite possibly the sweetest dog out there," the pair wrote on Facebook. "Even if you don't live in New York, please please please like the page Help Find Tigger, share the post, anything would really help! Let's bring Tigger home. #findtigger"

There were several false sightings (a boxer on 35th and Park was mistaken for Tigger several times; a pet detective thought he saw the missing pooch on 38th and Broadway) and a few pranks.

"People who saw the fliers would call and tell us, 'We sold him,'" Aranov, a 30-year-old attorney, said. "We went to the Bronx and to Queens and followed every lead."

Yet Tigger was nowhere to be found. The couple even hired a company that used the scent from Tigger's bed to try to track him down. (The scent hounds led the group to the Lower East Side, but freezing rain cut the search short.)

But Benor and Aranov refused to give up hope, updating their Facebook page, which had accumulated more than 1,600 followers and tens of thousands sharing their online fliers, with messages like this one, posted Monday:

We are still searching for our Tigger [...] We miss him so so much. We wanted to ask you to please share and like our page to get the word out. We also wanted to ask all of you in New York City to help us. If you are able to, if you could please print up a few flyers (just 5-10) and post them at intersections within a few blocks of your apartment and let us know where you are located. We believe we can get more of the city covered this way and hopefully faster replace the flyers that have been torn down. Thank you so much!!!!!! We need your help to bring our puppy home!

The next day, they got a call from someone whose friend had found a dog matching Tigger's description. He was found underneath an East River pier and was taken in during the polar vortex that gripped New York City and rest of the nation.

"We thought it was probably another hoax," Aranov said.

Benor went to the good Samaritan's apartment, and there was Tigger, wearing his collar — though his tags were gone.

According to Benor, the man who found Tigger thought he had been abandoned and was worried about what might happen to him, especially given the bad rap pit bulls often get.

Tigger is "a little freaked out" but otherwise healthy — and happy to be home.

"Guess who snuck into bed and isn't getting kicked out!!!" the couple wrote on Facebook late Tuesday. "Soooooo happy to have Tigger home. Can't believe it!!! It's almost like the last 3 weeks were just a bad dream. Thank you to everyone for your amazing support, prayers, messages, and incredible efforts and help. We love you all!!!"

The couple said they offered the man a reward, but he refused, saying he just wanted to "see Tigger every once in a while."

For dog lovers, the story gets even better. During their search, the couple discovered a stray dog and wound up fostering him.

"How could we say 'no'?" Aranov said.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mona Lisa, pitbull

Stolen puppy from Illinois turns up 5 years later in SC
Posted: Jan 13, 2014

GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - A puppy stolen from an Illinois family has been reunited with its family after five years.

Dwayne Jackson got a call Sunday afternoon from the Greenville Humane Society Sunday asking him if he'd lost his dog.

He had.  In 2008.

"I was shocked," said Jackson.

The employee verified Jackson was the rightful owner over the phone.  His family then started the 600-mile drive to Greenville immediately.

Jackson's two adult pit bulls had the a litter of eight in Oct. 2008.

The family had the dogs microchipped.

Some of the dogs went to other family members. Others were going to stay with the Jackson family and the mom and dad dogs.

That all changed.

"We had them playing in the back yard and came out to check on them, said Jackson, "when we noticed two of them were gone. She was one of them."

Jackson and his fiancée searched for months at local shelters hoping she'd turn up.

She never did.

They kept up with her microchipping registry just in case.

On Sunday, Mona Lisa was brought into the Greenville Humane Society by a good Samaritan who found her with another dog, wandering around.

"What a testament to responsible pet ownership," said Kim Pitman, executive director of the Humane Society. "Some people are leery of getting their dogs microchipped, but it's the size of a grain of rice and doesn't hurt the animal."

Monday morning, the Jackson family was reunited with their beloved pet in the lobby of the humane society.

"She's beautiful," said Jackson. "She look just like her mom. The exact same. She has a twin sister, too."

Jackson's son is 2 years old. He'd never met Mona Lisa. The pair got along well.

"Everybody was like, ‘Are you planning to get her?,' and I was like, ‘It's my dog, of course!,'" said Jackson. - Columbia, South Carolina |

 The family is taking her back to their home in Illinois. They plan to reunite her with her parents and siblings.

It is not known how Mona Lisa got to South Carolina. Her other sibling has not been located.


Monday, January 13, 2014

MJ, American staffordshire terrier

Noble Park man reunited with stolen dog after brutal home invasion
Melissa Townsend, Springvale Dandenong Leader
January 13, 2014

TONY Fadljevic was beaten unconscious and left with a fractured skull, three cracked ribs, and a broken shoulder and hand during a violent aggravated burglary at his Noble Park home.

But worse than the injuries was the final blow: the robbers stole his dog.

Three men broke into the 36-year-old's house about 3.30am on November 24, allegedly stealing his phone, clothes, entertainment unit, food, Ford XR6 sedan and beloved nine-month-old purebred American staffy, MJ.

As Mr Fadljevic relived that night's events and his journey to recovery, he broke down.

"I didn't care what happened to the house, but when they took MJ, I was devastated," Mr Fadljevic said.

"He was the love of my life.

"I took him home when he was six-weeks and he was so tiny.

"He'd lie in bed with me against my chest and over my neck and I couldn't let him go.

"He's such a lovable dog … he just loves everybody."

But four weeks later, thanks to an online appeal championed by the Narre Warren South Veterinary Clinic, Mr Fadljevic was reunited with MJ.

Vet nurse Rebecca Nichols put up a post on the vet's Facebook account about MJ, contacted Find My 4-Legged Friend to put the word out in a post, and called more than 30 vet clinics to forward them an email with a flyer.

Meanwhile, the thieves allegedly tried to sell MJ for $100, sparking the suspicion of the buyer who happened to work for an animal rescue organisation.

The buyer knew that purebred staffies were worth a lot more than the price the sellers were asking for.

The buyer paid the $100 before the man left.

She recognised MJ from the vet's Facebook post and, after a microchip scan to confirm his identity, MJ was traced back to the Narre Warren South Vet.

Mr Fadljevic said nothing would ever compare to the elation he felt when he heard MJ had been found.

He was reunited with his best mate two days before Christmas.

"I was speechless," he said.

"I couldn't stop crying.

"The Narre Warren South Vet was absolutely fantastic.

"I couldn't thank the vet enough for what they had done for me."

It has been a rough road to recovery for Mr Fadljevic and MJ, who are both still recovering from their ­ordeal.

Mr Fadljevic had a word of advice for those who were responsible.

"You just don't steal a man's dog, that's the rule," he said.

Dandenong CIU detective Senior Constable Jason Wombwell said no one had been charged over the incident but investigations were ongoing.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hoss, English bulldog

A US man has been reunited with his beloved dog four months after it was allegedly stolen by a pet-sitter.
Chloe Ross
January 11, 2014

"You know what, he is more than a member of the family," Jerome Palomo said of three-year-old English Bulldog Hoss.

"They truly are man's best friend, especially in my case. He's my everything right now."

Mr Palomo, of North Texas, dropped Hoss off at his trusted sitter in September last year.

When he returned to collect the dog, the woman and Hoss were gone.

"It was just like a piece of you was missing," he told CBS 11 News. "I didn't feel whole."

Mr Palomo tracked the sitter down, only to learn that she had sold Hoss because she "needed the money" – but to whom remained a mystery.

With nowhere to turn – the civil nature of the matter meant police were unable to intervene, he felt helpless but refused to give up and set up a Facebook campaign to spread the word.

Then last Thursday after four lonely months, Mr Palomo awoke to a Facebook message from Hoss's new owner, who had unknowingly adopted the stolen pet.

"It was like Christmas morning," he said.

Mr Palomo said the man's kindness proved it wasn't such a dog-eat-dog world after all.

He said he plans to microchip Hoss, so the bulldog can be tracked in case it the pair are separated again.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ace, yellow lab

Incredible journey: Naperville dog reunited with family
By: Susan Frick Carlman
January 09, 2014

Ace is a good dog.

He sticks close to home and approaches strangers with shyness — and streets with extreme caution. He adores the eight humans who share his central Naperville house.

He’s also become a bit famous in the past few days.

Ace Hunter is steadily returning to his old self, after being lost outdoors for more than week. The Labrador retriever's Naperville family had all but abandoned hope of locating him, despite an exhaustive search assisted by countless volunteers, as temperatures plunged to historic lows earlier this week.

The 6-year-old Labrador retriever was at home on New Year’s Eve. His people were having their annual party, and all was going well — until a guest stepped out the front door near midnight, just as fireworks blasted outdoors. Ace was badly shaken. As dogs often do in response to the sudden, loud noise of explosives, he ran.

Immediately the holiday party morphed into a search party — an extended one.

Family and friends fanned out, scouring the East Highlands neighborhood until 3 am before taking a break until the sun came up. They learned that employees at Rosebud, at Washington Street and the West Branch of the DuPage River, said they’d spotted a dog that looked like Ace going past, headed north.

It was plausible. Ace and Angie Hunter, 44, a breast cancer survivor, go walking every day, usually along the river. It was familiar, and it has long stretches that are far removed from the traffic that frightens him.

Group effort

Bolingbrook resident Teresa Barlow, who watches Ace when the Hunters go on vacation, quickly got word that he was missing. With a snowstorm approaching, and two days of frigid cold forecast to follow it, time was critical.

“I called Angie and let her know that she should check out Lost Dogs Illinois,” Barlow said.

It hadn’t occurred to the Hunters to look for Ace in cyberspace.

“I’m not the type of person that asks for help,” Hunter said, marveling at the power of social media, including LDI’s Facebook page. “In 24 hours, there were 2,000 shares.”

Barlow also headed over to the Hunters’ on New Year’s Day morning with her aunt, Peggy Moss, a volunteer with LDI. They agreed that fliers would support the search, “so anybody we saw, they could give them something to hold onto,” Moss said.

There was power in numbers.

“Angie’s neighbors were just amazing. They were out everywhere that day,” Moss said. “When your dog gets lost, you just do everything you can to get them home.”

Plenty of tips came in, including multiple sightings of a dog fitting Ace’s description in Hillside. Sure, it was a long way for a dog to go, but the Hunters had learned that meandering dogs sometimes follow rail lines, in the same way they do rivers and streams. So when Hillside police called at 3:45am Sunday to say they’d cornered a dog looking like Ace, Angie’s husband Andy Hunter climbed into the car with their oldest son, 17-year-old Adam, and made the trip through heavily falling snow. But by the time they arrived, the dog had slipped away.

Several more reports came in of possible sightings — near Porter Avenue, off Freedom Drive, in the area around the Lifetime Fitness and Target on Diehl Road. One came from a woman who said she’d tried to lure a dog that sounded like Ace with a chicken nugget, but he had abruptly run off.

Keeping hopes up

The search involved many people. When the Hunters called Naperville police Saturday to report a minor accident one of the kids had just had with the car, they mentioned the missing dog to the responding officer.

“He said, ‘Yeah, I know. We’re all looking for him,’” Hunter said.

And when someone said they’d spotted a set of paw prints behind the Regal Cantera theaters, without human footprints alongside them, Barlow went out to check. No Ace, but it was promising. Searchers began visiting the area multiple times daily, noting when tracks were fresh.

“The snow actually helped all week, because we would see tracks and we could tell whether they were fresh or not, after the snow had blown over the older ones,” Barlow said.

Still, hope felt like it was slipping away. It was particularly tough on the kids.

“I’d go to tuck them in, and hear praying,” Hunter said. “It was just so awful.”

And as the imminent cold front drew nearer, it became still harder to remain optimistic.

“I said to my husband, ‘We’ve got to move on,’” said Hunter, who was sleeping very little and had lost her appetite.

She felt they had done all they could to find a dog that was simply gone.

Gut feeling

On Tuesday, as Hunter and her husband were returning home from DuPage County Animal Care and Control in Wheaton and feeling discouraged, Barlow called to say she had found fresh tracks by the theater again.

“My gut said, ‘Let’s just go for one more ride,’” Hunter said.

Temperatures remained subzero, but the couple made their way into the area behind the theater. And there, snuggled into a makeshift nest formed from dried, tall grass, they saw Ace.

The dog promptly wolfed down two cheeseburgers picked up at McDonald’s, and then two cans of dog food provided by the vet, who was their first stop. His coat had grown a couple of shades darker, but incredibly, he had suffered no serious damage.

Two days later at home, Hunter told a visitor that Ace wasn’t quite back up to speed. He hadn’t yet begun playing again.

The dog came over slowly, head bowed and tail wagging, displaying a plush moose toy he held gently between his teeth. He was coming back.

“It’s so amazing,” Hunter said.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Edgar, boxer

Family excited to be reunited with Edgar the boxer
Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Seminole County man who has been begging for the public's help to get his dog back was finally reunited with Edgar the boxer on Wednesday.

Channel 9 broke the story on Monday after learning the lost dog had its microchip scanned at a local veterinarian clinic, but no one called the dog's owner.

Owner David Harrigan told Channel 9's Karla Ray he received word late Tuesday night the dog and family would be reunited.

Edgar, an 8-year-old boxer, ran away during New Year's Eve fireworks. Harrigan said someone found the dog and that it was dropped off at the vet under the name of the very rescue group who allowed him to adopt Edgar in the first place, Florida Boxer Rescue.

"It's not just that they've known where he was, they've had him," said Harrigan. "They've had him the whole time. At least since Monday."

Workers at Winter Springs Veterinary Clinic let the person who dropped Edgar off take the dog home, despite a microchip that correctly identified Harrigan as the dog's owner.

But workers did not contact Harrigan to let him know if missing dog had been found.

"We microchipped him for a reason -- we microchipped him so that if something like this happens and he gets scanned that they'll do the right thing and call me," said Harrigan.

Ray was initially told that a stranger who reportedly found Edgar kept him after expressing concern that perhaps the dog wasn't being properly cared for.

On Tuesday, Harrigan filed a police report, declaring his dog stolen. Soon after declaring the dog stolen, Harrigan was contacted by an attorney for Florida Boxer Rescue.

Details to who actually found the dog remain unclear, but Edgar's microchip lists Florida Boxer Rescue as his co-owner. A representative from that group told Ray that they had been contacted by the person who currently has Edgar.

The group told Channel 9 on Monday that a stranger who found the dog in traffic was holding onto him.

On Tuesday, Ray called the group several times to ask about the dog's whereabouts, but her calls were not returned.

Late Wednesday, the group released a statement admitting they've been in contact with the clinic holding the dog to get all the information.

"They flat-out lied to me, multiple times," said Harrigan.

Edgar has an ear infection and a hookworm, conditions his family said they'll pay to correct.

"I'm thankful for (Channel 9) and everyone who repeatedly told these guys to do the right thing over and over and over again," said Harrigan.

No one from the clinic would talk with Ray on Tuesday, but she learned that the owner of the clinic told Harrigan that office policies would change.

In a Facebook message, the owner Carla Simms wrote, "I am sorry my employee did not contact you and I have put corrective actions in place so this never happens again."


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Loshay, coonhound

Good Samaritan helps dog hit by car on side of road, reunites with family
By Sarah Bloom
Dec 31, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two women hug in a full, tearful embrace, despite having never met before. By all accounts, they are strangers, but Shannyn Sneed and Ruby Sabir are tied by their love for a lost and hurting dog.

Loshay, a white and red Coonhound, escaped from home Friday. Sneed found him whimpering on the side of the road, in terrible condition. She knew very quickly that he needed her help and his life was in her hands.

"I saw a dog rear up in the ditch," said Sneed. "It just it broke my heart."

She pulled over and ran to comfort Loshay until help arrived to take him to the emergency vet. For days, she wondered whether he had survived and whether he was okay.

On the first day, Loshay's family drove until their car ran out of gas. They tirelessly searched for him on foot, wondering where he could be and whether he was ok.

"We thought he was gone!" said Ruby Sabir. "We thought we lost him!"

Loshay's family went to look for him at the shelter and learned he'd been hit by a car and taken to the vet.

"We didn't even know if he was alive for half an hour," said Sabir.

Loshay has extensive injuries. He still can't stand and his back legs may never work again, but his family is hopeful he'll recover. Seeing him again, knowing he is alive, meant everything to the family.

"He came into our house as an angel," said Sabir. "He is just our light. We just can't imagine our lives without him."

For his life, they have Shannyn Sneed to thank and Sneed wanted desperately to talk to the hurting dog she comforted nights before.

"See. I told you it was going to be okay!" she said tearfully to Loshay.

"It was wonderful, just wonderful," said Sneed. "Just to see his family loving on him and you know, just lots of little kids that are thrilled to have their puppy dog back. "

"We always called him an angel because he came to our house like an angel and now you are an angel to us," Sabir said to Sneed.

Surrounded by his family, including several children, Loshay is recovering. He's far from better. But he is where he belongs. And everyone is grateful for that. - Richmond, VA News

 Loshay means "joy."