http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7769013.htm
I am very glad that this girl finally found her way home. I feel sorry for the little girl, but all of this could have been avoided if her parents had any empathy for others... I guess it's "ok" to have what isn't yours as long as there isn't a big deal made about it.
Anyway, I see that the shelter is rethinking policy.. hopefully, they'll think about screening homes too. Seems an interview given by a neighbor of the "adoptive" family mentions that they travel frequently and have previously "gotten rid of" two other dogs because of complaints by the neighbors that they were left alone all the time..
Robin
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7769013.htm I am very glad that this girl finally found her way home. I feel sorry for the little girl, ... I guess it's "ok" to have what isn't yours as long as there isn't a big deal made about it.

And that is why we are here as the caring public. We made a big deal out of it. It was fun.
Anyway, I see that the shelter is rethinking policy.. hopefully, they'll think about screening homes too. Seems an interview given ... "gotten rid of" two other dogs because of complaints by the neighbors that they were left alone all the time..

Let he who is without sin live in a glass house. Did you read the part about the little girl wanting to come see the dog one more time, and Niki said that would be fine? I thought that was sweet.

Charlie
Seems an interview given by a neighbor of the "adoptive" family mentions that they travel frequently and have previously "gotten rid of" two other dogs because of complaints by the neighbors that they were left alone all the time..

So it *is* possible the adopting family left town right after they brought Bella home. I'd suspected someone misreported that they did, because I wondered who on earth would bring home a dog and immediately leave town.

Cate
This is the first I've heard of this story, so forgive me if my questions have been asked before:
Why did it take so long for the original owners to check with the humane society? It sounds as if the dog was there for close to a week.

Wouldn't/shouldn't it be a red flag at a humane society when a couple comes to adopt a large dog as "...a birthday present for their 10 year old..."? I guess I'm wondering about the wisdom of the adoption to begin with.

If the humane society's policy specifies a five day waiting period before adoption, why did the original owners think they had a case for a law suit? What if they had phone the HS a few days after Bella was adopted instead of a few hours? We need to encourage adoption from shelters, yet the way the story is summarized here I'd worry that people would become leary about adopting an animal in case they becomes the "villians" in another custody battle.
Looking for more info, while happy for Bella and sad for the 10 year old...

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Why did it take so long for the original owners to check with the humane society? It sounds as if the dog was there for close to a week.

The dog was there for 5 days. According to the owner, they've checked at least 3 times in that time, although I'm not sure if it was a friend that did the checking or the owner.
Wouldn't/shouldn't it be a red flag at a humane society when a couple comes to adopt a large dog as "...a birthday present for their 10 year old..."? I guess I'm wondering about the wisdom of the adoption to begin with.

Not that unusual, I guess. If I had a kid who wanted a dog, and I was going to adopt one, I might refer to the dog as a birthday gift for the kid, knowing fully well that it is my dog and my responsibility ultimately.
If the humane society's policy specifies a five day waiting period before adoption, why did the original owners think they had a case for a law suit?

There are lingering questions about why the owners never got to see their dog. Some people suspect that there is some funny business going on, that the dog was hidden from the owners. Maybe someone did decide that the original owners were irresponsible, or decided to hold the nice dog for a friend. Who knows?
a few hours? We need to encourage adoption from shelters, yet the way the story is summarized here I'd worry that people would become leary about adopting an animal in case they becomes the "villians" in another custody battle.

Fact remains that the owners found the dog before it had gone to its adoptive home, while it was still at the shelter. The dog was not in the new house, had not bonded to the new family, and even if the law were on their side, I think that returning the dog to its previous owner is the decent thing to do (lacking any evidence of abuse or neglect, of course).
Suja
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a few hours? We need to encourage adoption from shelters, ... animal in case they becomes the "villians" in anothercustody battle.

Fact remains that the owners found the dog before it had gone to its adoptive home, while it was still ... to its previous owner is the decent thing to do (lacking any evidence of abuse or neglect, of course). Suja

Ah, I didn't see that part. Thanks Suja, that makes things clearer.

Marie