|Barked: Mon Aug 18, '14 4:57pm PST |
|Has anyone else read about this yet?
Apparently back in April, a ladie's pet sheltie got loose while being pet-sat. AC picked it up, scanned her for a chip, which she DID have. They called the vet office on a Friday, but they were busy having sold the office and asked for time to look for the info in their paper files over the weekend. But they were not given time despite the 14 day hold policy and AC called the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue and had them pick up Piper on Monday (imo, poss for the pull fee rescues usually pay). On Tuesday the owner learned of what happened and quickly tracked down where Piper was located.
However, COSR claimed Piper was now legally their dog and refused to acknowledge all the proof of ownership the owner has (she claimed multiple people called claiming to be the owner, however, Piper is a co-owned champion show dog, with one primary owner who is the one taking her to court), and refused to even meet with the owner, and has even gone so far as to post a $10,000 counter-bond a judge ordered her to pay or give the dog back just so she would not have to give back the dog (that money did not belong to her, but the $10,000 the owner put up for bond was out-of-pocket). The owner is now having to raise money to file a federal lawsuit. During all this time, no one has seen Piper, but COSR is taking applications for her.
http://www.naiaonline.org/ guest_editorials_and_commentary/page/fairy-tales-into-nightmares#.U- 4bgu3GNhk.facebook
Th is is burning me up. People keep saying micro-chip your pet so it can be returned...but what's the point if people like this can basically say "well, it's ours now, so there". I also think this can really hurt the reputation of rescues. Makes me wonder how many times someone found/got a dog, KNEW it had an owner (saw an ad, had a tag, chip, etc), and just kept it or gave away/sold it without ever trying to contact the owner?! Even if there is no contact info on the dog, if you find one, LOOK for the owner! Keeping a dog you know has an owner, or not bothering to look for them, is THEFT, pure and simple.
My Twist has been missing over a year now...if I ever found out someone found him/knew what happened to him and didn't bother to try to find/contact me...
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