Missing dog is adopted to new family

December 19, 2007 | By Rebecca Andrews | Category: Adoption & Rescue | 683 comments
Tags: adoption & rescue, dogs

NEW YORK – Seven-year-old Tootsie Roll is home safe after she escaped from her backyard in Sullivan County, New York. There’s only one problem – she went home to a different family.

It all started when Tootsie Roll got loose from a chain in her backyard. She was found and taken to the Middletown Humane Society where employees discovered she was not microchipped, licensed or wearing an ID tag.

After waiting the state's required five days, the dog was put up for adoption. Two days later, a new family took her home. In the meantime, the original owners, The Stutbits, posted flyers and put an ad in the paper. Upon learning their dog had been adopted, the family hired a lawyer and are now fighting to get their dog back.

The shelter said they cannot return the dog because taking her from the other family would discourage others from adopting in the future.

Fifteen-year-old Jenna Stutbits received Tootsie Roll as a Christmas present seven years ago. She said that living without her dog gets harder every day.

We’ll keep you updated as we get more information.

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

This is a very sad situation for all. If it was simply a case of a dog escaping and going for a romp as they all do and I was the person who adopted the dog, I would give it back to the original family myself. It does not really state in the story why the dog was loose, if it was a case of neglect then the original family would have to fight me to get the dog back.

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

this is a hard one to call? I don't know what the right answer is?

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