Family Tries To Get Back Dog After Went Missing And Was Adopted Into Other Family

The Stutbits, a New York family, is trying to get back their dog, Tootsie Roll. Tootsie Roll went missing from the backyard in early November, but she was not microchipped, licensed or had any identification on her. She was brought to an animal shelter and was adopted into another family after the standard holding period because the shelter couldn’t identify Tootsie Roll.

The shelter said they can’t return Tootsie Roll to the Stutbits because they don’t want to set a bad example for other potential dog owners. The family has hired an attorney to get their Tootsie Roll back.

12 Responses to “Family Tries To Get Back Dog After Went Missing And Was Adopted Into Other Family”

  1. Nancy G. says:

    “A bad example”? That they adopted out a dog that belonged to someone else? Sure the original owner did not do what they should have to identify and protect their dog, but still, if according to the law a pet is property, then theirs was stolen and has now been “fenced” off to someone else.

  2. Merlin Marshall says:

    I say the dog should stay with the new owners. The original owners didn’t have a collar on the dog, or have it microchipped, and didn’t go around to the local shelters to see if it had been turned in. Did they even post “lost” signs around their neighborhood? Doesn’t sound like they made much effort to have identification on the dog or to find it once it got out of the yard.

  3. straybaby says:

    Merlin, according to another article i read, they did post lost signs and looked for their dog. the person who saw the dog roaming and reported it to AC called the owners from the info on the poster and told them where the dog was.

  4. Lynn says:

    Sadly, posting notices and looking for a lost dog, and even putting a collar with an ID on [they are removed], are simply not enough.

    You simply have to microchip.

    I keep wondering which family Tootsie Roll would rather be with.

  5. Sam says:

    Poor Tootsie. She was left unsupervised in a yard and escaped. She is one lucky dog as she could have been killed by a car, another animal, a bad person, etc… she could have been maimed and crawled off to suffer unnoticed. She could have been stolen and used in a lab for experiements.

    Instead, the dog with ZERO identification and owners who left her alone in a backyard subject to whatever happens and didn’t even bother to visit the pound, found a new family.

    Anyone with access to newspapers or internet knows the horrible fates that befall animals (or kids) that are without proper supervision. I agree with the other poster, hanging signs is not the end of an owner’s options nor responsibility.

  6. Becky says:

    If it was my dog…I would be at the local shelter everyday to check if it came in…Phone calls aren’t enough because the person at the desk answering the phone doesn’t always know what dogs are there…. If the shelter held the dog the time required by law, they did no wrong.

  7. helpingpets says:

    This is why services like www.helpmefindmypet.com are so valuable and needed. How can you walk away form a service that proactively sends out alerts for your pets? PROTECTION is the missing key in half of these stories; remember a chip doesn’t work if it is not registered properly.

  8. CINDY says:

    ALTHOUGH THE ORIGINAL OWNERS MADE A MISTAKE BY NOT PUTTING A TAG ON THE DOG OR MICROCHIPING HER, THEY SHOULD GET THEIR DOG BACK. AFTERALL WHO HAS HAD HER FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS THEY HAVE, AND THEY DESERVE TO GET THEIR DOG BACK. THEY HAVE CLAIM ON HER, NOT SOMEONE WHO JUST ADOPTED HER!

  9. Nancy VB says:

    Went missing? No ID?
    My dogs are chipped, wear collars with tags and they don’t go outside unsupervised. I really care about them.

  10. mittens says:

    aren’t dogs in most localities BY LAW suppose to be licensed? no pet dog or cat should be allowed outside without at the very least a collar with an id tag. sure someone can take the collar off but no one ’stole’ the dog-it was wandering around unidentifiable and someone did the right thing and brought it to someplace it had the chance to be reclaimed or identified. lots of people wouldn’t be bothered helping a stray animal. theyre lucky she’s even alive.

    if youre going to let your animals outside at all it behooves you to either be with them at all times or provide some sort of identification. if someone brought her to the pound instead of keeping her they most likely would have made an attempt to contact the owners if she had tags on .i’d have more sympathy for returning the dog if they had bothered in 7 years to follow the law and license her, even if she didnt wear the physical metal tag, and ensure their pet’s safety. the shelter is right- it’s a bad example of pet ownership- it’s irresponsibility and the dog could have easily have been put down at some facilities as it was there the full waiting period before being put up for adoption. did they even check the shelters? it’s the first thing you should do in person . does the chump change for a dog license or a collar or the 100 bucks to microchip your dog really cost as much time , money or heartache as a lawyer after the fact?

  11. Lynn says:

    RE comment by Nancy VB on December 13th, 2007 at 7:43 pm:

    “My dogs are chipped, wear collars with tags and they don’t go outside unsupervised. I really care about them.”

    If only everyone would be that responsible. And you know, it doesn’t take much to do that.

  12. Rescuer says:

    If the rescue group hadn’t done a service to this dog by rehoming her she’d be DEAD.

    Would this family rather that had happened? That their dog wasn’t placed with a new family and the news was instead of “we’ve rehomed her somewhere nice” was, “we couldn’t find you because you’ve done nothing to help us and now your dog has been incinerated”.

    This group deserves praise for doing such a great job in the face of such ineptitude.


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