Saturday, May 31, 2014


Owner not notified missing dog was at animal shelter
Helen Turner: Microchipped dog disappeared, was found with help of Facebook
By Jennifer Franciotti
May 30, 2014

Woman discovers missing dog at animal shelter

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. —A Baltimore County woman wants to know why she wasn't notified about her lost dog after it was picked up by animal control services last week.

Helen Turner said despite her dog, Shayla, being microchipped, she was never told her dog was at the shelter.

On Friday, 2-year-old Shayla looked happy to be back home. More than a week ago, she had gotten loose from her family's backyard in Owings Mills.

"We looked for her all over the neighborhood -- everywhere -- and we couldn’t find her. We were distraught," said Turner told 11 News.

She said she called local shelters and that repeated calls to the Baltimore County Animal Services Division, which handles loose dogs, went unreturned. She posted a photo of Shayla on Facebook and asked friends to share it.

Turner said the next day, someone posted a photo taken from inside the Baltimore County facility on Manor Road, wondering if it could be the same dog.

"When we went to the Baltimore County animal shelter, we walked in and I showed them the picture that I posted on Facebook. I asked, 'Is this dog here?' They said no, and I said, 'Is it OK if we walk around just to take a look?' And they said sure," Turner said.

Within minutes, Turner and her son, Daniel, were reunited with Shayla, but they said it's a reunion that should have happened sooner. Although the tags came off Shayla's collar, the dog is microchipped and has a spay tattoo from a local shelter.

"I said, 'Shayla's here. No. 16.' And they said, 'Are you sure? It doesn't look like her.' I said, 'I'm positive that's our dog. Did you scan her? Because she's chipped.' And they were like, 'Well, I just got here. I don't know if she's been scanned,'" Turner said.

Turner said while at the shelter, she noticed on the paperwork that there was a termination date for Shayla that was dated for four days from the date they picked her up.

According to the Baltimore County Health Department, which oversees the facility, Shayla was scanned at least once. A statement from Health Department Director Dr. Gregory Branch said in part, "Our practice is for all dogs to be scanned in the field and again during the veterinary exam. Unfortunately, sometimes the chip is missed, even with multiple scans, due to location, type of chip or the behavior of the animal."

But Turner wasn't buying the explanation.

"I don't. I live right around the corner from where she was found," she said. "It's disgusting. We're told to get a microchip and all the information is loaded on it, that way any shelter or vet will scan, and that way they'll be able to find you and your pet to bring back together."

Turner credited Facebook for getting her dog back and was thankful she went to animal services to check for herself. She had a message for other pet owners.

"Be persistent and don't give up. Take any avenue. You can't just wait because apparently having a chip doesn't help," she said. "I don't want to know what would have happened. We adopted her a year ago, and she's our family pet."

Shayla was originally adopted from the Humane Society.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Boomer, small poodle

Man who rented billboard to find dog is finally reunited with his poodle
May 29, 2014

It was a reunion seven months in the making. A man who rented a mobile billboard to find his poodle finally got his wish. Eddie Williams was reunited with his poodle, Boomer after someone stole the dog from a gas station at 25th and Sherman last  November.

“Eddie Williams was reunited with his poodle, Boomer after someone stole the dog from a gas station at 25th and Sherman last November.”

“Got my little human with 4 legs back, ” said Eddie Williams.

The reunion wasn’t the result of the mobile billboard cruising around town, but by a coincidental encounter by Eddie himself.

Eddie says he was at a truck stop in Indianapolis last Monday when he saw a woman with a dog that looked like Boomer. The woman let him hold the dog and noticed the poodle’s reaction to the man she thought was a stranger. The woman told Eddie she and her husband found the dog wandering near 38th and Keystone around the same time the dog was stolen.

“Thought this day would never come and when I saw him at the gas station I look at him she actually let me hold him,” said Williams.

The woman took the dog back with her and after she and her husband were contacted by police the dog was retrieved to run the microchip. It was Boomer.

“God orchestrated everything and its no coincidence that he ran into his own dog on the other side of town and I just praise God for that,” said IMPD Detective, Cheryl Cameron.

Detective Cameron worked with Eddie and animal control on this case.

After an exciting reunion Eddie says he’s most looking forward to taking Boomer back on the road with him as he drive his semi truck.

“Looking forward to us re-bonding and us getting used to each other. Him realizing he’s back with daddy can do anything he want to do tear up anything he wanna tear up because there’s no consequences. His name is boomer he get away with anything.”


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Libby, chocolate lab

Dog rescued from river reunited with family in Farmington
by Carly Figueroa
May 27, 2014

FARMINGTON, Utah — A Farmington family was reunited with their dog Tuesday after it was rescued from a swift-moving river in Farmington Canyon.

Larae Beck and her family had been searching for their lost Labrador, Libby, since Saturday. Beck said it’s pretty common for her two dogs to wander the large piece of property where they live, but Sunday morning, only one dog returned and it was obvious something happened.

Down a dirt fire road about four miles from the Beck home, Libby ended up in high water in Farmington Canyon Saturday night.

A family had been hiking in the area when they said they heard a dog crying from the nearby river.

“One of the dogs it looked like had fallen down from the rocks and was partially submerged on the edge of the river,” said Sgt. Jason Sorensen with Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

It was cold and the lab was shivering, said Erik Borenmeier, logistics officer for Davis Search and Rescue.

“It had managed to find the small piece of real estate that was left on the small part of the river – it was moving fast,” Borenmeier said.

Rescue crews were called out to make the recovery. The video in the newscast was shot Saturday night as the Swift Water Team pulled the frightened dog to safety.

Libby was brought to the Davis County Animal Shelter in hopes that her owners would come looking for her.

“We had called Sunday — we called the sheriff’s department and they told us about her. And then we couldn’t come get her yesterday because it was Memorial Day,” Beck said.

Animal Control said the dog was not micro-chipped but had she been, the county would have been able to get her home sooner.


Miss Lilly

Happy Jack reunited with his companion dog
By Angela Thompson
May 27, 2014

An escaped companion dog called Miss Lilly has been freed from the pound and reunited with a seven-year-old Warilla boy with special needs, after a rousing community fund-raising effort.

The little dog was returned to Jack Podesta on Tuesday afternoon, almost two weeks after she escaped and was impounded by local government authorities.

Jack Podesta is joyfully reunited with Miss Lilly, a companion dog who was rounded up by the dog pound having escaped from his family’s yard.

Jack's mum, Carol-Lee Carroll, founder of area food charity Great Illawarra Food Train, received a letter from Shellharbour City Council advising the Maltese terrier would be destroyed if she wasn't collected.

Unable to raise the $350 in required fees, the single mum took to social media seeking someone to adopt the dog so it wouldn't be destroyed.

"It was difficult enough not having her, but the guilt of her being put down would be too much to bear," Ms Carroll told the Mercury.

Jack has Down syndrome, a terminal heart condition and several other health complications; Miss Lilly is his trusted companion.

A supporter of Ms Carroll's charity efforts, Danielle Mansell, saw the appeal and instead launched a fund-raising effort so the dog would be returned to the family.

The pound fees grew bigger each day, owing to a $25 daily maintenance fee.

Carol Lee-Carroll, left, is helped by neighbours to fix fencing in her back garden in readiness for the return of the family dog Miss Lilly.

In all, the community raised more than $1000, covering the pound fees as well as the cost of desexing the dog in the hope it will curb her escape attempts.

As well, Dapto business Auzzie Home Maintenance, cleared part of the family's yard to allow for fencing to be installed, and Kenwalls agreed to provide more than $2000 worth of fencing, to be installed on Thursday. The fencing company made the offer after sales manager Michael Abreu, of Horsley, found his heavily pregnant wife Natalie Abreu in tears over Jack's situation.

"We've got animals as well - I can only imagine what Jack was going through," Mrs Abreu said.

"Being 36 weeks' pregnant doesn't help - hormones."

Ms Carroll collected the dog on Tuesday afternoon, surprising Jack when he came home from school.

In greeting, Jack clenched Miss Lilly's fur a little too tight, and placed his hand in her open mouth.

"She's the only dog that would take that without attacking him," Ms Carroll said.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

ShiShi, pitbull

Service dog of paralyzed Milwaukee boy missing, possibly stolen
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
May 24, 2014

The family of a paralyzed Milwaukee boy who was featured in a 2013 documentary on texting and driving by famed filmmaker Werner Herzog is frantically searching for the boy's service dog, which disappeared from their home and is presumed to have been stolen.

The dog, named Shi Shi, is a blue nose pit bull owned by the family ofXzavier Davis, 9, who was left paralyzed at the age of 5 when he was struck by a texting driver while crossing the street with his sister.

Xzavier Davis, 9, who was left paralyzed at the age of 5 when he was struck by a texting driver, is pictured with his dog Shi Shi.

Xzavier's accident is one of the heartbreaking stories Herzog featured in the documentary, "From One Second to the Next," which went viral on social media last year. The 35-minute documentary on YouTube has been watched close to 3 million times.

"Anyone who knows us, and knows this family, knows exactly how important this dog is to our family," Valetta Bradford, Xzavier's mother and the dog's trainer, said Saturday.

The dog, which Xzavier has had for a little more than a year, has been both a companion and an assistant for the boy, alerting family members if his breathing equipment falters and helping him with opening doors and other jobs. Shi Shi was given to the family by friends when she was six weeks old.

The dog went missing on Tuesday, when Xzavier's sister left her on the porch to go into her kennel after a walk. Bradford went out on the porch five minutes later and Shi Shi was gone, she said.

The family has gone door-to-door in a two-mile radius, made appeals on social media and is planning to post signs with the dog's picture, Bradford said.

Shi Shi's disappearance has hit Xzavier hard, and he's constantly asking where the dog might be and wanting to do more to find her, his mother said.

The loss of the dog appears to be a double blow to the family: Someone also stole Xzavier's Xbox 360 video game system in May while the family was in New York to appear on the Katie Couric show to discuss texting and driving, Bradford said.

After WTMJ-TV Channel 4 reported the missing dog and game system, a viewer on the WTMJ website offered to give Xzavier her Xbox and others have said they would provide new dogs, but Xzavier will have none of it, his mother said.

Bradford said the boy has just one response to the offers: "It won't be Shi Shi."


Friday, May 23, 2014

Angel, German shepherd

Lost for five years, dog found, returned home
May 23, 201

MANSFIELD — This story was not supposed to have a happy ending.

Five years ago on Christmas Day, the Sinnett-Dekrell family lost their dog when the wind blew open the door and the dog bypassed the electric fence and wandered out onto the streets.

From left, Maggie Sinnett and sons Brandon and Andrew Dekrell were reunited with German shepherd Angel on Wednesday.

The family did everything they could to find their dog. They roamed the streets, distributed countless fliers, offered a reward and contacted everyone they could on Facebook.

All to no avail.

“No one answered any of our fliers,” said mother Maggie Sinnett. “You go looking everywhere, but you don’t know where to look. You feel lost. You feel hopeless.”

A year passed and there was no sign of their beloved German shepherd. Two years soon turned into four, and no one had seen or heard anything about their dog.

It came as a surprise to Sinnett, now nearly four-and-a-half years to the day, when Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan called her at work Monday with some unexpected news.

“He said, ‘We found your dog,’” Sinnett said. “I was not expecting that.”

The dog warden had picked up the German shepherd on Reed Street near North Trimble Road. A microchip implanted inside the dog upon adoption from the pound made the reconnection possible.

The family went to pick up the dog Wednesday and they found her in great condition. Sinnett said their dog was found with a collar, meaning someone had taken her in as a pet during the four-year absence.

Sinnett said she was a little upset that someone kept her dog for so long, but she also was appreciative that person was kind enough to keep her dog healthy.

“She was like my child,” Sinnett said. “She was obviously very well loved and we are very thankful for that.”

The Sinnett-Dekrell family rescued the then 6-month-old puppy from the pound nearly nine years ago as a present for then 7-year-old Andrew Dekrell.

Andrew was the last person to know about the fated reunion this week; he turned 16 on Wednesday — the same day they picked up the dog — and the rest of the family figured there would be no better gift for him than to see his longtime friend.

“We kind of kept it a surprise from him,” Sinnett said. “He had no idea.”

The family had taken care of the dog for about four-and-a-half years until the Christmas runaway incident, and there were a few runaway incidents along the way.

Andrew recalled a time when Angel ran away but was rescued by a stranger from Mifflin. They printed fliers and offered a reward that time, too, and someone was kind enough to promptly return her home.

The time lapse was a bit longer this time around, but well worth the wait.

The family has moved twice since Angel ran off. One of the places — Heatherwood Apartments in Mansfield — had a rule that prohibited ownership of pets heavier than 20 pounds.

It would have been a problem for the family had they found their dog two months earlier.

“There was absolutely no way we could have kept a dog that size,” Sinnet said of her 100-pound pet.

Once they brought the dog home, Sinnett said the family went to town and bought her everything and anything she could ever need.

Their dog, once lost, has now been found.

“(Angel) is back in our lives for a reason, and I do believe that,” Sinnett said. “I don’t know what God’s plan is, but she’s here now and we’re all thankful.”


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cookie, Staffy Mastiff Amer Bulldog

Dog Stolen From Kent Home Reunited With Owner
by Ryan O'Meara
May 22, 2014

A dog has been reunited with her owner thanks to the use of social media, the work of a Safer Neighbourhoods Team and the local community.

Cookie – a six-month-old Staffordshire mastiff American Bulldog cross – was taken from her home address in Neptune Walk, Erith on Wednesday 14 May. Her owner, June Gosling, had left Cookie inside the house at 9am and when she returned at 2pm she noticed that a ground floor window was wide open and Cookie was missing.

Police were called and officers attended to take a statement. Following this the owner posted an appeal on Facebook for anyone who had seen Cookie to contact her.

She received several messages saying that a dog matching Cookie’s description was seen around Picardy Street, Belvedere.

This was followed up by Belvedere Safer Neighbourhood Team officers with residents coming forward saying they had seen a man in that area walking the dog.

The following day Tuesday (20th May) at approximately 1pm the officers were on a crime prevention stall at Picardy Street, Belvedere when a man walked past with a dog that looked like Cookie.

He was stopped and spoken to. The dog he was in possession of was taken to a local vet by the officers and as the dog was microchippped when it was scanned, it revealed the dog was Cookie.

The man, 23 years, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. He is currently on bail whilst police continue with their investigation.

The dog was immediately returned to her family, who were thrilled to be reunited with her.

June Gosling, Cookie’s owner, said: “I am over the moon to be reunited with my baby Cookie – she is family too me, it was like loosing a child. “It was the worst week of my life and I had almost given up hope but thanks to some wonderful members of the public, Facebook and the police, in particular PCSO Jay Worrall, I have my puppy back I couldn’t be more happy. “Being reunited with her was an incredible relief – I won’t be letting her out of my sight!”

Acting Sergeant Chris Molnar, from Belvedere Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “This is a lovely story that shows that social media, when used correctly, can give us huge assistance with investigating an allegation of crime.

“The initiative shown by the owner, residents and then officers who immediately followed it up has ensured that Cookie has returned home where she belongs.

“What this case also demonstrates is just how important micro-chipping your dog can be as we were able to immediately identify that it was Cookie. From the 6 April 2016 the law is changing and people who keep dogs as pets must have them micro-chipped and this highlights just how beneficial it will be.”


Monday, May 19, 2014

Pluto, Australian Shepherd

Dog Stuck Neck Deep In Mud Rescued By Police Officers In Willistown Township
By Todd Quinones
May 16, 2014 11:09 PM

WILLSTOWN, Pa., (CBS) — Police officers rescued a dog after he was found stuck in the mud in Chester County.

You have to look closely to see the dog.

In the middle of the screen you can just see his head poking out of a mud pit that nearly swallowed him.

“We just knew we had to get the dog out of there. It was in distress. It wasn’t really moving a whole lot,” Willistown Township Police Officer Mike Kushner said.

“It just followed us with its eyes, so it was exhausted,” Willistown Township Police Sergeant Michael Martin said.

The officers used some boards just to get to Pluto, a 13-year-old Australian Sheppard that had been missing for two and half days.

“I just pictured my own dog and what I would want somebody to do and that’s to go get it,” Kushner said.

It took the strength of both men to be able to pull him out of the muck.

And when they did, it still wasn’t clear if Pluto was going to live.

“I was frantic,” dog owner Sheila Shorr said.

On her third day of looking, Shorr found Pluto in a two-foot deep mud pit right near a creek not too far from home.

“It looked dire,” she said.

Shorr believes Pluto must have fallen into the mud pit right away; otherwise he would have come home that first night. That means the 13-year-old dog spent roughly 60 hours encased in mud, struggling to survive.

“[Dogs] have so much heart and soul,” Shorr said

Pluto has come a long way since being pulled out of the mud May 9th.

His fur is still matted, he walks with a limp, and has some sores that are still healing, but the veterinarian says he is going to be okay.

“This was a dream come true on top of a dream come true to find him and have help come right away,” she said.

Shorr can’t thank the officers enough.


Sunday, May 18, 2014


Dog Lost After Brush Fire Destroys Home Reunited With SoCal Family
by Tracy Bloom

A Carlsbad family returned to their burned down home and found their dog, who they thought was lost, alive on May 14, 2014.
A family that lost everything when one of the raging brush fires in San Diego County destroyed their home this week received a welcome surprise when they were reunited with the dog they thought had perished in the flames.

Sophie Payne’s Carlsbad home was evacuated when the Poinsettia Fire ripped through the area on Wednesday, KTLA 5 sister station Fox 5 News in San Diego reported.

“It was my dream house,” Sophie Payne told the station.

The family ended up separated from their dog, Rocky, who was inside the house at the time, according to the station.

When the family was allowed to return to the property, they discovered their home had burned to the ground. However, they received one happy surprise – their beloved pet, who appeared to be fine other than some burns on his back.

The reunion was captured by Fox 5 news cameras.

“Rocky!” Payne said, clapping her hands as a man brought the dog over to her.

The dog was also clearly happy to see his family again, as evidenced by the frantic wagging of his tail.

“It’s all materials we can eventually get again, but as far as our family and pets, you can’t just come up with another Rocky or family,” Anya Bannash, Payne’s daughter, told Fox5


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Zoe or Sky

Sky's Story
Jim Branson
May 17, 2014

Useless Bay Sanctuary received a call about this dog running around Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Everett.

Residents of a nearby community saw her every day and wanted her to be safe.  She had been roaming the cemetery at least two months, and possibly as long as four months.  Several people were feeding her, but she wouldn't let anyone touch her.  I saw her for the first time on May 10th, 2014, and lured her within 3 feet using teriyaki chicken.   I named her Sky because of the beautiful sky above us as we got to know each other.  

On May 13th, I spent seven hours with Sky.  She barked at me at first, but soon remembered I was the one with teriyaki chicken.  I brought her hotdogs and cheeseburgers.  I would run away from her, and she had fun chasing me all over the cemetery.  I would run and then fall down, and she would run up to me, playfully.

After five hours of gaining her trust, she finally let me pet her.  Then she wanted to be petted all over.  She fell asleep against my legs for about twenty minutes.  I put a leash on her and was able to walk her around.

When we approached my open car, she would turn to stone.  I tried to ease her over that way, but I could see I was undoing the relationship I had built with her.  It killed me to do it, but I took the leash off and let her go back into the woods, knowing I would go back again, and build up to getting into the car at some point.

I visited Sky again on the 14th.  She was happy to see me and forgave me for putting the leash on her previously.  It finally occurred to me to bring the scanner to her.  She didn't mind at all when I scanned her for a chip, and a number popped up right away.  We called the microchip company, and the chip was registered to a shelter in Hawaii.  We left Sky in the cemetery one more night.

On the 15th, we contacted Sky's former owner.  He had been overseas, and left Sky with someone he trusted.  That person gave Sky away to another owner (without his consent).  He had had her since she was a puppy and named her Zoe.  He agreed to come to the cemetery.  I warned him Zoe might not respond as if she recognized him.

When he arrived at the cemetery, he called to Zoe and she stayed away from him.  I was able to coach him on Calming Signals, and after a couple of hours, Zoe let him pet her.  It took still more patient coaxing to get her in a car, but she didn't fight it.

Zoe is now in a foster home.  Her owner can't keep her because he lives in an apartment where dogs aren't allowed.  We will get her checked out at the vet, and she will be available for adoption.

Watch Sky's video, and see the transformation from frightened stray to happy pet:


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Max, cattle dog

Los Angeles Man Reunited With Stolen Dog on His Birthday
by Rick Chambers, KTLA

A man’s birthday wish came true Sunday morning when he was reunited with his stolen dog in the Mid-Wilshire area.

Scott Katz attended a jazz concert Friday night when his vehicle was stolen; his dog Max was inside.

After putting up numerous flyers offering a $500 reward and posting about his loss on social media, strangers found the car and Max in a parking lot near a pet adoption expo on Sunday.

“They said, ‘I think your car’s here and dog’s here, he looks fine,’” Katz said. “Today’s my birthday, so it just worked out perfectly.”

Max was found near the location he had first been stolen and appeared to be unharmed.

Katz suspected that his efforts to publicize the crime may have led to the dog’s safe return.

“Maybe the pressure of everyone knowing about it,” Katz said. “It’s pretty amazing, he’s doing fine.”


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Reckless, terrier pit mix

Dog lost after Sandy, found year and a half later at SPCA
May 3, 2014

EATONTOWN — Chuck and Elicia James were all smiles Friday afternoon as they walked their dog on a leash, preparing for a warm weekend of camping.

That’s because walking their dog was something they haven’t done for over a year and a half, ever since they thought they lost Reckless, their friendly brown and white terrier-pit bull mix, who was missing since superstorm Sandy.

But on Thursday, they received an unexpected surprise when they went to the Monmouth County SPCA to adopt a new dog; they found their old friend.

“Literally when we opened the double doors, the first cage we walk up to I thought ‘that looks like Reckless,’ ” Chuck James said. “He was a little heavier and it’s been a little while, but then my wife saw the scar on his head and immediately we start tearing up and we found our dog.”

The James family — Chuck and Elicia and their children, Alexandra, Kelsey and Liam — were living in Keansburg when superstorm Sandy damaged their home during the night of Oct. 29-30, 2012. Chuck James said the fence in the yard was mangled during the storm and the dog got out.

“We had a collar on the dog, but it got caught on the fence and came off before he got out,” James said.

The family searched for months for Reckless, but eventually gave up when no sign of Reckless was found.

“We chalked it up to that someone probably found it, or it was dead,” Chuck James said. “You keep searching, but eventually you have to move on.”

Seeking a new dog

A couple of weeks ago, Alexandra James turned 10, and the family decided it was time to get a new dog. On Thursday, they headed to the Monmouth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Eatontown and met with an adoption specialist to look at different dogs.

Once they were inside, they recognized Reckless and showed the adoption specialist pictures of the family with the dog to prove it really was their dog. In the end, they were able to take Reckless back home

“We were all ecstatic, and he made it clear that he was home and we were home,” Chuck James said.

“I’m just glad that he’s home,” Elicia James said. “The kids are happy, and this whole thing has been an amazing experience.”

The family ended up paying a $180 adoption fee, which Chuck James had no problem paying.

“They took care of the dog, microchipped him, he saw a vet regularly, and (they) sheltered him,” James said. “It was like bailing my dog out of jail.”

Since this winter, the family has been staying at the Staybridge Suites in Eatontown, as their rented Keansburg home is going to get some repairs from Sandy damage. But the hotel will allow them to keep Reckless.

Liz Wise, development and marketing director at the Monmouth County SPCA, said something like this happening is very rare.

“It’s not very often we’re able to reunite them with their owners in the way that this happened. It does happened sometimes, but this was a very rare story,” Wise said. “It also shows the importance of microchipping your pets because had he been microchipped, we would’ve been able to reunite him with his family sooner.”

Wise said the dog was found as a stray in October 2013 by the Monmouth County SPCA. She said they assumed someone had taken him in for a period of time before he got loose again.

“It’s a wonderful story and a very happy ending for the family,” Wise said. “It’s something that really warmed our hearts and when we put it on Facebook for our followers, and we had no idea so many people would feel the same way.”