LIMA — The story of Chloe, a mini-chihuahua adopted by a woman from the Allen County shelter after it was found along Interstate-75, has a happy ending after all.
Back on July 23, Kristi Sample had her 2008 Honda Civic stolen in Adrian, Michigan, and Chloe was inside.
The guy who stole the car dumped Chloe along the side of I-75 in Allen County. A state trooper noticed the dog and took it to the Allen County Dog Wardens’ Office.
The car was recovered in Shelby County, but nobody connected the found dog to the stolen car.
Sample discovered, too late, that Chloe had been found and had been adopted out.
Sample hired an attorney to get back her “stolen” property and she was able to pick Chloe up at the dog shelter late Monday afternoon.
“I don’t know if it (the letter) just like scared her a little, or if she just realized that I’m taking it to court and I’m going to fight to get my baby back,” Sample said.
Sample said she would pay back the person who adopted Chloe any adoption fees.
“My lawyer and I talked about it. I’m still going to follow through on it,” Sample said. “At least so she can find another puppy or find another rescue pet or something. I know how hard it is to lose my Chloe and even she only had her a month, but she’s so easy to fall in love with.”
The woman who adopted Chloe surrendered her back to the shelter.
The reunion on Monday was what you might expect.
“Chloe was so excited. Of course, I cried all the way there. She was so wiggly when she was brought out and as soon as I got her I got nothing but kisses all over. She was so excited to see me and she’s happy. I’m just so happy to have her home,” Sample said.
Sample doesn’t know the name of the person who adopted Chloe, but wanted to thank her for doing the right thing.
“Thank you so much for returning her. I don’t know what prompted it. I’m just happy to have my baby back,” Sample said. “I’m more than willing to keep in contact with her so she can get updates on Chloe.”
In the meantime, Sample adopted another chihuahua, so Chloe now has a sister to play with back in Adrian, Michigan.
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