Owners of Lost Dog Found Miles Away Make Tough Decision to Give Up Pet

No one wants to make this decision, but sometimes letting your beloved pet go to a different home is what’s best for the pet.

Liam, a Husky from Bentonville, Arkansas, got lost back in October 2014, when he was just two-year-old. His owners, the Payne family, searched for him for over 6 months but never found him. Last week, the now four-year-old dog was found 1,600 miles away in Ontario, Calif.

Photo credit: CBS Los Angeles/YouTube
Photo credit: CBS Los Angeles/YouTube

According to CBS Los Angeles a good Samaritan found Liam on the streets of the city. The animal lover picked him up and took him to Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS) where he was scanned for a microchip. Fortunately one was found.

James Edward with the Humane Society said getting Liam back home is only possible because of that microchip.

“The dog owner had the same address, the same phone number,” Edward said . “He was completely shocked and besides himself at the fact that his dog, two years later was out here in California.”

The Payne family does not have the funds to pay for Liam’s transportation costs, but thanks to animal lovers in the nation, enough donations were collected to fly him home.

Photo credit: CBS Los Angeles/YouTube
Photo credit: CBS Los Angeles/YouTube

However, after seeing the dog on a news report and before the dog could hop on a plane and reunite with his original owners, a local family came forward to claim him as their own.

“Once Liam’s story got media attention two different families surfaced claiming Liam was their pet,” said IVHS on their Facebook page. “Before [we] could fly Liam home to Arkansas, we [had to] sort what information was factual.”

Due to the fact that the dog was found in great health and the local family he had spent the past two years with loved him very much, “the Payne family in Arkansas decided to put the [his] interest ahead of anything else and ultimately decided to forego bringing him back to their home in Arkansas.”

Even though Liam did to go back to his original home, we are glad to know everyone involved thought of his best interests first. His original family is happy knowing Liam is alive, healthy and loved. The pooch is in a perfect place and he feels right at home.

21 thoughts on “Owners of Lost Dog Found Miles Away Make Tough Decision to Give Up Pet

  1. This is an excellent reason to get your dog microchipped. If there had been a dispute about ownership of the dog, the dog would go to whomever was on the microchip’s information. This is not the first time multiple families claimed a dog. Many years ago, I read an article about a Pomeranian that got loose from someone’s yard. They searched for a long time but never found her. One day, she turned up at the animal shelter, and they were called to come in to get her. But three other families had also come forward to claim her as their own. It turned out other families had decided to keep her rather than try to find her owners, and she kept escaping from their yards. Because the original family had put in a microchip, they were the ones who got the dog.

    1. Hi Jessie,
      Thank goodness for microchipping, huh….
      My 1st thought when I read that, “the Pomeranian keep getting loose, and running out of the yard,” was that THISE PEOPLE ARE NOT PROTECTING THE DOG, AND HAVE NO RIGHT TO CLAIM THEY WANT OR SHOULD GET HIM/HER BACK…! How many times is too many? Do you know what I mean… Actually, I’m sure you agree…
      I’m glad the Pomeranian went back to its original home & owners/parents?

      In my eyes, when it comes to the responsibility of the Dog’s Temporary Caretaker/Owner, the 1st time, should be the ONLY TIME a dog gets loose on its own!!!–You immediately make the necessary changes to safeguard and prevent the Dog from getting loose, again…!

      When are people going to realize that Dogs/Cats need to be viewed as,”their ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS.”
      They are not trophies or stuffed animals…

      When I see abuse, of any kind, of an animal, I report it immediately. It becomes my responsibility to make changes to safeguard the innocent being 100%.

      God Bless ALL Animals…
      ❤????????????????, etc…

      Patty, NYC Girl☺

  2. Somebody transported him all that way? Did 2nd owners truthfully reveal all the facts? But it was a kind thing to do to let him go.

  3. I would want what was best for the dog. He found a great place and now needs to be left to it. If it were simply a few days or weeks, then it would be different story, but 2 years? The dog is where he belongs!!!

  4. Why didn’t the family who found him and had him the last two years ever get him checked for a microchip? This could of been resolved 2 years ago and the original family would’ve gotten him back! When you find a dog, the very first thing you do is scan them for a chip! What’s the use of getting them chipped if people are just going to keep them when they find them and not care if someone is looking for and missing their dog?!! I think the original family should’ve gotten their dog back!

  5. The famili in Arkansas SOLD the dog to the family in CA (they had previously lived in Arkansas also) They have texts and photos to back up their story. The Arkansas family was supposed to give them the microchip info.so they could change the owner info. but they never received it and didn’t follow up. This is also substantiated with text messages

  6. Folks, microchips are ONLY effective when the pet owner’s registration is UP TO DATE. It doesn’t update itself when ownership changes hands!!! And because there is usually a fee charged by the microchipping service to update ownership information, many MANY people don’t do the update. *Responsible* veterinarians should require that the microchip information for their clients’ pets be updated with the animal’s current owners contact info. BEFORE they will see the animal. That’s the only way you’ll get the animal’s owner to update the information. I’m an animal rescue volunteer and the rescues I work with require ALL adopters to update their new pet’s microchip with their contact info. before we hand the pet over. Even before that, the second we take in an animal, we update the chip with OUR rescue’s info. so that the animal can be at least traced back to us and we can reference our records to see who the animal was adopted TO.

  7. I adopted a dog from the SPCA in 2008. They microchip the animals and I assumed if he was lost they would be contacted so when I moved I called to update my information. They told me I had to have him scanned and contact the microchip manufacturer to update his information. The person at the SPCA said nothing about this so all those years his microchip was useless! By the way put as many phone numbers on their tags that will fit. My dogs tags have my number, a friend’s number and my brother’s number. My brother lives in the country in another part of the country. One very hot day I thought Ozzy was in the cool basement. He had gotten out and followed the cool river weather. He visited some neighbours quite far away and they called my brother’s number. If his number hadn’t been on the tags it could have been much harder and more traumatic.

  8. Make sure to list a third party phone number with the ‘chip’ company, preferably someone who’s not likely to change phone numbers. We discovered this with the recent tornado recovery in Texas…..cell phones and house phones were destroyed by the tornado, so when the chipped pets were found, the phone numbers on file were useless!

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