Shelter Threatens to Adopt out Family’s Dog While Away

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An animal shelter on Long Island, NY is threatening to adopt out a dog that was brought in to them, even though his family is simply out of the country attending to a sick relative in their home country, Columbia.  Lucky is now trapped in the middle of a custody battle of sorts, and the family is afraid of losing their dog.

Lucky is an eight-year-old King Charles Cavalier, and is a canine family member of Anthony and Michael Rivas, of Brentwood.  He was left in the care of a dog sitter, but somehow escaped the yard and was brought to Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center.

The shelter is now refusing to release Lucky back to the dog sitter, and will not turn him over to any friends or family members.  Instead, they are going to put him up for adoption.

Lucky’s family has called and begged and pleaded for the shelter to give their dog back to them.  They have called from Columbia, but to no avail.  The shelter says it’s within it legal rights.

The shelter released a statement on its Facebook page Monday, saying “Since the dog has no form of ID, no tags or microchip, there is no proof of ownership. Legally we have to put the dog up for adoption after being held for 5 days if no owner steps up.”

The strangest part of all of this, is the shelter is claiming they know who his family is.  In the same “press release” they have said, “We do know who the owner is, and that they are out of the country. They have been contacted and they have been made aware that the dog will be put up for adoption and placed with a good home.”

So it begs the question, if they know that Lucky belongs with the Rivas family, why not return him?  Why require some kind of proof of “ownership” if you already know all about the dog?

After being contacted by several news agencies, the shelter made a statement of a very different kind: “The Town of Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center is making every effort to return the dog to its owner in a safe and responsible manner,” said Islip Town spokeswoman Patricia Kaloski.

According to the posted rules for reclaiming your dog, the shelter states: “To properly claim one’s dog the owner needs to go to the shelter in person with photo ID and proof of ownership. The owner should also have veterinary information, medical records and family photos.”

No word has yet been given as to exactly what will happen with Lucky.  Remember to check back to www.lifewithdogs.tv for more information.

0 thoughts on “Shelter Threatens to Adopt out Family’s Dog While Away”

    • You are an idiot. You don’t know how the dog got out , you nothing about the sitter or the owners, yet you are passing all these judgments. Why not learn something about a thing first, then judge, jerk?

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      • I agree. if I wasn’t in Germany, id adopt the dog, just to give it back to these poor people. to be dealing with a terminally ill relative and leaving their dog with a sitter, and the dog gets out, and now having to deal with this. shame on you islip animal shelter. you are whats wrong with people now adays. you have no heart. its all about the money. not whats best for that poor dog. give him back. whats wrong with you people? your mommy not hug you enough? do you have children? how would they feel to have a heartless person do that to them? your family must be awful proud of you. shame on you islip animal shelter. maybe its time people protest in front of your shelter.

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        • I’m sure your mother is proud of you for belittling people you have no personal experience with in a situation you know very little about, only what one-sided media tells you. Nice comment about hugs, by the way, you’re a real badass. Maybe it’s time for you to find some compassion and education in Germany.

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    • Not really fair of you to criticize when you can’t read and comprehend English. (From the look of your post you do not write English well either) The article clearly states that the people left the dog in the care of a sitter while they went to tend a sick relative. They did not in any way LEAVE the dog in a shelter.

      I suggest you carefully read an article before trying to post. You also might want to brush up on spelling and proper use of punctuation!

      It seems to me that a lesson here would be to somehow give a sitter or caretaker some sort of temporary ownership ID for an unfortunate circumstance such as this. I have heard people who are dog sitting not being able to get vet care occasionally too because they don’t own the dog!

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    • did you even read the story. it was left with a dogsitter and it escaped. It was not left in a shelter.

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    • They left their dog with a dog sitter, not at the shelter. The dog got out and was turned in to the shelter.

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    • They didn’t leave it at the Shelter they let it with a freiend and it got out the yard and ended up in the shelter now the shelter refuses to return the dog .

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    • They didn’t leave it at the shelter, idiot! Read the article. It says that they left the dog with a dog sitter and it got out. Some stranger then found the dog and took it to the shelter. Geez…….

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    • Read the story Xavier! Good Lord! They DID NOT go out of the country and leave their dog in a shelter. WTH is wrong with you!?

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    • why not try READING THE ARTICLE befor eyou comment?? The did leave the dog with a sitter, and it got out, when she went to claim him, they told her no.

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    • they didn’t leave the dog at the shelter. read the article. they had a dog sitter, and the dog slipped out of the yard.

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    • You are an idiot. The dog got away from the pet sitter. There was just a dog that got out of its fenced yard because of all the snow. 5′ fence, 6′ of snow, the dog just walked over the fence. Things happen. These people should get their dog back, the dog sitter should be allowed to pick the dog up, pay whatever fine and the owners will reimburse the dog sitter. Of course if it was my dog, I was talking to my mom about this, I don’t care how sick she was, even she said get on the next plane home and get the dog!

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    • Did you read the article?????? The only reason the dog is at the shelter is because it got away from the “sitter” Read it again. They do deserve their dog back.

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    • U R an illiterate idiot! U obviously can’t ffffff read! They didn’t leave their dog in a shelter u moron! They left the dog with a pet sitter. Some how, the dog got away from the pet sitter & ended up in the shelter. The pet sitter went to get the dog & the shelter wouldn’t release the dog to the pet sitter.

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    • They didn’t. You missed the part in the article that said it was with a dog nanny. It got loose and ran away and then was brought to the shelter.

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    • Read the article the family had a sitter & the dog broke away & got loose. Geez read before u make a dumbass comment!

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    • wish me luck, I have to take a trip for 5 days to Southern California and leaving my 2 guys with a sitter ( my brother) just hope they do well and I know they love him too. I asked him to lock his 2 gates while they are there
      I hope these people get their dog back, I notice since the news has come into the picture, the animal shelter is back tracking a bit

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    • Read the article dummy. They left their dog with a Sitter and the dog got out and ended up at the shelter. Reading comprehension is something you might want to go back to school for.

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  1. They left it with a sitter. The dog got out and the shelter won’t let the sitter have it back because they don’t have proof of ownership.

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  2. Isn’t it funny when people don’t read the article or atleast not properly and jump to negative conclusions!a horrible situation that’s being handled very badly by the shelter

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  3. If you’re going away, why would you take your dog to a shelter? It’s not a free babysitting service. The owners don’t deserve to have this adorable pup.

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    • @Judi…Go back and READ the article please. The owner had a dog sitter. The dog got out of yard. Someone found dog. Took dog to the shelter. Now shelter won’t release dog to sitter. Shelter is trying to adopt out to new family. It the simple enough for you???

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    • I guess you didn’t read the article, before you post at least do that so you do not look stupid. They had a pet sitter. The dog got out and was brought to the shelter. The pet sitter went to get the dog but they wouldn’t release it to her. The pet sitter got in touch with the family that is out of the county with a sick relative and the family talked to the shelter. The shelter refuses to release the dog to anyone in their family and wants to adopt the dog out. The shelter sucks.

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    • Did you not read the article. The dog was left with a dog sitter and escaped. Clueless twit. Yopu’re as dumb as the people at the shelter.

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    • They did not take him to the shelter, he got out of the yard while the pet sitter was watching him. read the story!

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    • What didn’t you understand? He wasn’t left at the shelter. The dog somehow got away from his dog sitter and was found and taken to the shelter. Read the story nit-wit.

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