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."


Friday, March 7, 2014

Daisy, pug

Border Collie Saves Lost Pug from Freezing to Death
March 7, 2013

A pug that has been missing since a car accident in early February has been reunited with her owner at last.  Nancy Kiser was traveling from North Dakota back to her home in Wyoming when she was involved in a traffic accident.  When the car door opened her two terrified pugs escaped and ran off.
The pair named Daisy and Tiny disappeared before she could catch them.

Daisy was 3 years old and Tiny just 5 months when they went missing.  “They were scared from the accident. We almost rolled,” she said from back home in Wyoming on Tuesday. “They got kind of tossed.”  Kiser spent the night at the scene, in her car, in the hopes they would find their way back to her since they were ten hours from home.  The next day her husband drove up to meet her and they stayed at an area hotel to continue the search.  Eventually their fears were confirmed when Tiny was found dead having been hit by a car.

A few days later, about 6 miles away, a border collie was persistently barking at his owner and kept going to a hilly area behind their home.  Finally the dog’s owner gave in and make the trek through the snow to see what all the fuss was about.  That’s when she found Daisy, frozen nearly to death.  “She was pretty much frozen solid by the time that she got to her,” Kiser said.

The woman brought the dog home and warmed her up and fed her, also calling the police and other agencies in an effort to find out who the poor lost dog belonged to.  Meanwhile Kiser’s father placed an ad in a local paper where Daisy went missing and the ad was seen by a neighbour of Daisy’s rescuer who alerted her immediately.

Upon getting the call that Daisy was okay Kiser said “Oh man, it was the best thing I could’ve ever asked for right then. We were about ready to give up.  We were ecstatic.”  The family has since been reunited and everyone is thrilled.  “It was awesome,” Kiser said of the moment they reunited. “She came running out of the house. She jumped all over us.  She has not left my sight since then,” she added. “She’s such a sweet little girl.”


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: