okay when i try the link i get headline,but no story. I think this is the same story I heard about a few weeks ago and the woman refuses to returnt he dog unless the original owners drive to get it, sick. i think it is sad that these people have had to go through this much to get their dog back and these people will not gve it back.
I think the original owner has every right to get her dog back. Someone should have told the people that adopted these dogs that there is a chance a year or two from now the original owners could show up wanting their dogs back. Tough situation.
I think the woman should give the dog back. I mean if she loves the dog so much why would she want to keep it from being reunited from its original owner that had to depart under horrible conditions. People like that wonder why they dont recieve blessings. Hello...Stop putting yours self in 1st place! Its a shame she's wont just do the right thing and return the dog and feel good about herself for doing a good deed.
I agree that's very selfish. She definately needs to give the dog back. Using the excuse that she tried to call and send letters last year? Hello? Everybody knows that last year most of those poor people were displaced and wouldn't have been able to get letters, phone calls, etc. We still have a lot of evacuee's here in Texas. Katrina was a horrible storm and while I also think I would never leave my animals behind, I know that a lot of those people had no choice. This person who has the dog is incredibly selfish. Eskie, since you're close by I would like to hear an update if you find out what happens.
My words for that lady are not appropriate for this website. If you read the full article, her atty says she made "heroic attempts" to contact the owner last year, via phone, letters and internet. Duh! If the dog has tags on it, don't you think the shelter would have tried the same thing? And honestly, two months after many NO families lost EVERYTHING, how many would have had their houses rebuilt, phone service reinstated and internet installed with a nice new computer? Oh, some hero, huh? All the other litigated cases like this have returned the dogs to their original owners, not only by law, but out of sheer common sense and compassion. What's wrong with this lady.
I think both families need to step back and look at what is best for the dog. Which family has she been with the longest? The truly guilty parties in all of these Katrina cases are the shelters. They should have not been adopted, but fostered in case the original owner returns. This is a "no win" situation for everone involved.
absolutely ! there are many many people in the same situation. i think its wonderful that so many people took in these displaced pets. but they knew from the beginning that the owners would, if they could, try to find them. so she called a number on the dogs tags. its possible no one answered because that home was no longer there or damaged to the point where it was uninhabitable. i do agree that the original owner should not have expected the new owner to be responsible for transfering the dog back to them. but knowing what those people had already been through, it would have been the humanitarian thing to do. i would think that they would be happy to have helped give these people , who were left with nothing, the one thing that would have put a bright spot in their lives. their beloved pet. i think some people are just downright cold-hearted.
Ok, Im going to be the devil's advocate, here. If I adopted a dog and the original owner wanted it back, I'd return it the same way this lady offerred...come and get it. Why should I be expected to fly to New Orleans from PA? I'd return it to the shelter if they were willing to assist in returning it to the owner, but no way am I going on a road trip to give back a dog I adopted. I am already out the adoption fee and now I have to spring for an airline ticket or cost of a road trip? Is that fair? If the lady wants her dog bad enough, she needs to go get it.
i agree with lalayla .... if the orignal owner wants her dog back badly enough she can figure out a way to get him. i am not sure i would return the dog myself if i had been the one to adopt it but i certainly wouldn't do it at my expense,
If you read the full story, it seems as if the original owner was willing to make arrangements to have the dog shipped back to her. The lady who adopted Rocket is the one who said that she would not give the dog back unless the original owner and her son came and picked the dog up themselves. The original owner could not do this, since she is a single working mother, and is a little busy with trying to rebuild her New Orleans home. When representatives from a rescue group volunteered to escort the dog, the new owner changed her mind, said that she would not give the dog back, and hired an attorney.
Well I think the original owners should pay to have the dog flown back to them but I dont think they should have to go all the way there and pick it up personally. The lady should not have to pay travel expenses. But seeing that a shelter group would assit and then she hires a lawyer to fight it...then shes being selffish to me. I know dogs are property but she should use compassion and put herself in thier shoes.
Well it's obvious why the woman didn't answer a phonecall or letters, if she lost everything in the hurrican. I'm sure the dog tags didn't update themselves. She should give the dog back. I don't think it's "just a dog" but the dog probably had a good life before she took it.
This same exact thing happened to someone I know and my aunt. She has a golden lab adn gave it to this woman that she trusted.. whenever she sees her the woman just literally runs away .. Its so sad. It the person gives the dog under your are and you know that the person may come back. Just know that the dog is nt fully yours and that it can go back to the owner at anytime the onwer says so