LIMA — Not every story has a happy ending.
Chloe, a mini-chihuahua, was adopted from the Allen County Dog Shelter recently.
How she got there and ended up with a new family is what Paul Harvey would say is “The Rest of the Story.”
Let’s back up to July 23. Kristi Sample had her 2008 Honda Civic stolen out of Adrian, Michigan, and Chloe was inside. The 25-year old guy who stole the car was supposedly one of Kristi’s “friends.”
That friend drove from Adrian and dumped the dog off along Interstate-75 in Allen County. A trooper saw the dog, picked it up and took it to the dog warden.
Meanwhile, the car thief made it as far as Sidney before he was arrested. Chloe’s harness with her contact information was left inside the car.
For seven days Chloe waited to be rejoined with her family, but Kristi didn’t know Chloe had been found and when she did find out, it was too late. Chloe had been adopted out.
“I just want my baby back,” Sample said. “I’ll give (him or her) the adoption fee, I’ll double it, I don’t care. She’s my child. She’s worth anything to me.”
Sample said that Julie Shellhamer, Allen County Dog Warden, put a video of Chloe on Facebook on July 28 and on the 29th, the dog was adopted.
Shellhamer says they tried to find the rightful owner.
“(Sample) wasn’t the registered owner to the microchip the dog had. (Chloe) did not have a dog license. We had the dog for seven days. The legal holding time is only three days,” Shellhamer said.
Shellhamer has messaged the current legal owner of the dog to see if she might be willing to give her back to Sample.
“This was a person that had lost one pet in the past and was just looking for one and when that one came available, she was very pleased,” Shellhamer said.
This kind of situation isn’t one that they see very often at the Dog Warden’s Office.
“Sometimes we’ve had owners show up after the fact, but you know, a week later and the dog wasn’t even licensed to her and it wasn’t microchipped to her,” Shellhamer said.
Sample said she had Chloe for four years.
“And in four years, you would think you ought to be able to register it and register the microchip in your name, but right, for whatever reason that didn’t happen and the dog’s in a new home,” Shellhamer said.
Shellhamer says this kind of incident reminds everyone of the importance of registering your dog.
“Everybody needs to license their dogs. I’ve just preached that how many times and I told her it was an unfortunate circumstance and I would do what I could and that’s what I’m doing,” Shellhamer said.
So far, Shellhamer hasn’t heard back from the new owner of Chloe.
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