Family Searching for Dog Left Behind at Wal-Mart

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Marby Word took his nine month old miniature dachshund, Sissy, with him to the Wal-Mart in Bellevue, Nebraska. Unfortunately Word made a mistake when his medication wore off, which led to Sissy being left behind. Now Marby and his family are looking to get Sissy back, after another customer left the store with her.

Marby became disoriented when his medication wore off and he put Sissy down in a shopping cart. He then left the store with his sister. Marby says, “She didn’t have her collar on and I wasn’t acting right. I just need my little buddy back.” Marby’s niece, Jessica Rowe-Silva, returned to the store to look for Sissy only to be informed by the Wal-Mart that the person standing in line behind Marby said they’d take the dog home.

Marby Word hopes to have Sissy home soon.

Wal-Mart is working with police to identify the customer who took Sissy home. Their security camera shows a family leaving the store and a girl who appears to be a teenager holding what police believe is Sissy. Wal-Mart says the staff believed the customer who volunteered to take the dog had good intentions. Marby is also hopeful of this. Sissy was not wearing a collar at the time and did not have an identification chip. The family who took Sissy home would have a difficult time contacting him because of this.

Joan Rowe, Marby’s sister, is thankful that someone stepped up to take care of Sissy but also says, “I beg of you to please bring her back.” Marby had just moved to Bellevue from Utah so his family could help him deal with his mental lapses. His family believes Sissy helped keep him grounded and is needed for more than just companionship.

7 thoughts on “Family Searching for Dog Left Behind at Wal-Mart”

  1. This is ridiculous- the guy is clearly someone who is NOT fit for pet ownership… He lost his dog at Walmart?? I don’t understand why people are making this a sob story for the guy- I hope whoever has this poor pooch, are good people and show Sissy a lot of attention and love- and NEVER give her back! I don’t care what your issue is– If you lose a 9 month old puppy at Wal-Mart… you should NOT have a dog. Blessing in disguise- what would happen when if his meds were to wear off and he forgot to feed her or give her water??? I’m sorry but i’m not buying the “I became disoriented because my meds wore off” excuse either….

  2. If the guy was with his sister (presumably because of his diminished mental state) then why wasn’t SHE paying attention? She doesn’t sound like she’s exactly the best helper for him.

    I wish people would leave their pets at home when they go to places like Wal*Mart. I understand wanting to take your companion animal everywhere, but they need to be at home where they are safe. If he had left her at home, none of this would have happened.

    • hey, for God Sake what is a dog doing in WalMart to start with. People need to learn to leave their animals at home where they belong.

  3. “He then left the store with his sister.” The sister didn’t realize he didn’t have his dog?!?!?! She didn’t step up and say something at the time? C’mon, that’s ridiculous! Neither one of them is fit to have a pet…

  4. Prayers for Sissy and Mabry..I hope that good Samaritan finds out who her owner is..just a reminder..please get your let’s micro chipped…they have been responsible for thousands of foamy reunions…sometimes years later. If you can’t afford it, contact your ciu.Ty animal society; most of them provide them for cost and sometimes free.!


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