Dog Lost, Found And Then Lost Again

Lexie

Lexie, a five-year-old Maltese, was missing from home, was then found by a woman and is now lost again from her original owner.

Lexie disappeared from her owner’s house on July 17. Her owner, Mary Good, thinks that her dog was spooked by a thunderstorm and escaped from the gate around the yard. Good and her daughter went to go search for Lexie, but they didn’t find their missing Maltese.

Meanwhile, a woman on a nearby street, had already found Lexie. Lisa Borrino found Lexie when she darted in front of the car. Borrino took her home and gave the dog a bath. Borrino said that she didn’t call the police because she thought the owner would come forward soon.

The next day, Borrino saw a lost dog poster put up by Good. Borrino called Good and they agreed to meet at Borrino’s house. From here, their stories differ.

According to Good, Borrino said she and her husband wanted to keep Lexie and asked if Good would consider selling her. Good said she was tempted by the offer. Good saw Lexie happy with Borrino’s other dog and it made her think that it might be a good idea for Lexie to stay with the Borrinos.

Good said she called the next day to say that she had changed her mind and wanted Lexie back, but Borrino wasn’t home. Borrino called her back that evening, and Good said that Borrino said: “This is our dog. You gave her to us.”

She reported the incident to the police, but they told her that because she willingly left the dog with the Borrinos, it was a civil matter.

From Courant.com:

“They told me it was no different than if you lent a lawn mower to someone,” Good said. “It’s a piece of property and it’s your word against theirs.”

Borrino denied that she and Good ever discussed a 24-hour trial period, as Good maintains. She said, instead, that Good told her Lexie was a nuisance and called Borrino’s willingness to adopt the dog a “godsend.”

As proof, Borrino points to a July 19 police report, taken four hours after their meeting, that quotes Good as telling an officer she gave her dog away.

The dispute has resulted in complaints by both sides to police. Good also has filed a small claims complaint against Borrino and her husband, David, both of whom are lawyers, and a complaint with the state judicial branch accusing Lisa Borrino of behavior unbecoming of a lawyer.

The spat is playing out in plain view of town residents, thanks to the signs Good posted on poles, her cars and on the front lawn of her house at the corner of Farmstead Lane and busy Stratton Brook Road.

“Our grief. Their gain,” reads one on a Blue Ford minivan in Good’s driveway.

“Attorney Borrino has our dog,” says another on a Ford pickup truck parked nearby. “My kids are crying.”

The signs have attracted support for Good from passersby and neighborhood residents, but harassment charges from the Borrinos, leaving police trying to balance Good’s First Amendment rights against the Borrinos’ rights not to be publicly humiliated.

“As a department, we are bound to look into it,” Simsbury police Capt. Matthew Catania said of the harassment charges.

Robert Terhune Stewart, a neighbor who sides with Good, said the issue is an ethical one, not a legal one.

“The real question is the intent that Mary had at the time and the state she was in when she made this agreement,” said Stewart, an attorney and family therapist specializing in mediation. “She was under tremendous stress and I don’t think she knew what she was agreeing to.”

3 Responses to “Dog Lost, Found And Then Lost Again”

  1. Marilyn says:

    Someone who gives their dog away doesn’t seem to be very committed to her in spite of “second thoughts.” I’m very sorry for the kids who love and miss Lexie, but if the adult in the house considers the dog a nuisance, then having a dog is probably not going to work out in the long term anyway for that family. I lean toward leaving Lexie where she is, with the Borrinos, who seem to be more committed to her. I see these kinds of family dynamics a lot working in a vet clinic, doing breed rescue, and as a dog trainer. It rarely works to get a dog “for the kids.” If Mom and Dad aren’t committed, the dog usually ends up given away or taken to a shelter.

  2. Debra Florer says:

    I agree that Lexie should stay with the Borrinos.I dissagree about Good not being committed. I had a mail Shih Tzu that had a health promble and I was verry committed to the dog. I had a lot of mony from vet bills tie into him plus gave his medicine daily.And gave him a bath once a week allso bruch him daily. I got real stresed out over mony matter and he got jeaulse of another dog had got I started peeing all over my house which stressed me more. Any way I gave him a way this was about 4 monthes a go and I’m still hurt over giving him up. I feal sorry for the kids.

  3. HighNote says:

    They never said whether any money changed hands before Mrs. Good left. If so then the Borrino’s have a perfect right to keep the dog. But if they had not paid for the dog yet then Mrs. Borrino could still get the dog back if she has prove of ownership.
    Mrs. Borrino sounds like she wanted the money but when she got home that her children were probably upset over it. So.. she wanted the dog back after telling the Goods they could have the dog. I think the Borrino’s should keep the dog. I think the dog is in more loving hands with them.


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