An Upstate South Carolina family is celebrating the return of the dog they’ve considered a part of their family for the past eight years. The nightmare this family experienced over the past week has taught them many lessons, including the necessity of having a pet microchipped, following the adoption of their dog to another family.
Harold Fuller noticed his dog was missing last week shortly after he arrived home from work. Abby, an English Pointer, normally spent the day playing with a litter of puppies who lived nearby, but Harold discovered all of them were missing, so he began a search.
Harold went to the Greenville County Animal Care after friends looking for the puppies spotted Abby after she’d been turned in as a stray. He had his hands on Abby but was told by the animal shelter managers that although Abby was still there, she legally belonged to a new family who had already filled out the adoption paperwork before Harold arrived to reclaim his lost dog.
In an interview with Fox Carolina News, Harold told of the heartbreak of losing Abby a second time
“If you could have seen the look on her face, she was first so excited to see me, and then I get her and then they’re taking her away from me.”
After claiming Abby and preparing to leave with her, Harold had to give her back to the shelter. The Fuller family didn’t think Abby had been held the proper time before being adopted, but the county said she had. In the end, Abby was literally taken from his arms to go and live with another family.
The Fuller family received good news this week. The adoptive owner said Abby was suffering from separation anxiety and was returned back to Greenville County Animal Care. The family was contacted and Abby was able to go home to where she truly belonged.
Harold admitted he made a mistake common for dog owners who don’t consider their pet would ever run away, become lost and end up in a county shelter. By not replacing Abby’s collar when her old one fell off and by not having Abby microchipped, the Fuller family came close to losing their beloved dog forever.
This happy ending is a miracle, as Abby was actually lost twice. Once when she ran away from home and was taken as a stray to Greenville County Animal Care. The second time when the shelter adopted her out to another family. The Fuller family is grateful to have their girl home. Should Abby ever end up in a shelter again, her new microchip will tell the shelter she has a home and who to contact.
Note: Please keep microchip information up to date and have your veterinarian scan for the chip during your pet’s yearly physical, as microchips can move from where they were implanted.