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Wed, Dec 19 | By Rebecca Andrews | 683

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… more ›

Missing dog is adopted to new family
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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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JIM K.
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JIM K.
5 years ago

that sucks but a new owner should understand the people were looking for there dog

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Charleshjr
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Charleshjr
5 years ago

Wow work out joint viisitation, if they lost their dog they should be looking right away if thye dont after a certain time they become property of the shelter but it istill is sad

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Sisa
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Sisa
5 years ago

It happened to us once that we adopted 2 little dogs at the shelter and after about a month the real owner who lost these dogs turned up. I have no clue why she did not look for them at the shelter since we lived in a really small town. However, when I saw how excited the dogs were seing her, we gave them back. Sad, but I think it was the right thing to do. There are plenty of other dogs to adopt at shelters.

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

I'm in agreement with many of the others. The shelter acted within policy, and although unfortunate, it happened. I don't understand why the original owners were not contacting all of the shelters and vet offices to see if their dog had turned up. As harsh as this sounds, you snooze you loose.

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Sabrina H.
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Sabrina H.
5 years ago

I would think 5 days is sufficient time for the family to have contacted the shelter. Here in Austin, dogs are available for adoption after 3 days. The new family shoudn't have to give Tootsie Roll back to her original family. I hope the teenager and her family have learned that animals don't belong chained up in the backyard and will be more responsible if they decide to get another pet.

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Lisamarshall821
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Lisamarshall821
5 years ago

If my dog ran off the local animal shelter and animal control would be the first place I looked and checked back with on a daily basis. I think it is pretty sad that someone who was kind enough to adopt an animal and give it a home is now at risk for losing their new pet.

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Whickums
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Whickums
5 years ago

I hate to by the cynical one, but the dog was chained in the yard with no id. And, when it did disappear a lot of time went by before these people looked for it. Seriously, how much attention was this dog really receiving? I doubt this guy was a such an integral part of the first family.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

The original owners failed to locate their dog during the requisite period, and she has been rehomed. The fact that they resorted to chaining her in the backyard rather than having a fence or crating the dog inside doesn't make me feel more sympathetic for them. The situation is regrettable, but the shelter acted according to policy.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

Sorry, but I do not believe in chaining a dog up. Build a fence for goodness sake. I would lean more towards the new family keeping her based just on that.

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Liz L.
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Liz L.
5 years ago

Tough call. I am getting my dog microchipped because guess what? Dogs get loose it happens even to the best of owners. Without ID on the collar and/or a microchip if you don't make the right call you lose your pet.

Apparently this dog had no ID at all. Sorry but Tootsieroll gets to stay with the new family, and the next time these people get a dog they will perhaps make sure he has ID.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

Jeepers--I don't think many people know what the right thing to do is when their pet is missing or lost. People should be told to call the police, check with local animal shelters, etc and also put up fliers....yadda, yadda, yadda. All pet owners should really consider getting their pet microchipped- it's not expensive and worth the piece of mind SHOULD your pet ever go missing.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

Um, this little dog was left outside in the backyard. It escaped, was not microchiped, had no collar or other form of tags on, and was gone for FIVE days before adopted. I don't care how long the previous family had the dog, they were obviously not giving the dog the quality of care that it needed and the new family shouldn't have to deal with the mistakes of the previous owners. Five days in a shelter is a long time. On top of that, once the microchips became available, my vet insisted that our pets had them and the whole thing costed $15. The family could have gotten their dog back if they were being responsable and dedicated owners.

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debbie b.
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debbie b.
5 years ago

Maybe the girl could visit her dog in the new home. Are dogs allowed to be chained in that city? They are not in Tucson, Arizona.

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Barbara B.
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Barbara B.
5 years ago

I think I would give him back, but then I think the first pet owners should pay for the new owners to adopt another dog of their choice. If my dog becomes missing the first thing I am doing is sending a picture flyer to all shelters and finding out everyone I am supposed to identify my lost dog to. I don't think they did enough to get their dog back. This may dicourage people to adopt since they might risk needing to return the dog or puppy. 5 days was a good amount of time to notify the shelter.

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JimDog
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JimDog
5 years ago

Let's see... chained up (but apparently not very well), no microchip, no tag, no contact with the shelter. I hope the new family provides better care of the dog.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Chain - escape - sounds like a smart dog.

When I was a child, I had a cat that was not allowed in the house. He went missing - I cried - I searched and I found him down the road living INSIDE a neighbor's house. When I knocked on the door, I could see he was stretched out on the couch and being petted by the children. Even as a child, I knew he was happy and I let him go.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

Oh gosh- my heart just broke after reading that article. What a difficult situation. One part of me wishes that the family did MORE to find their dog, but at least they did SOMETHING. Unfortunately, I don't think many people are aware of what they should do in this situation. I think when a person decides to get a new pet, they should be fully aware of what they should do- call the shelters, call the police, call animal control, AND put up fliers, etc. I personally think that the new owners should give the dog back...although, the silver lining is that people ARE adopting pets so we shouldn't shun that!!

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Rebecca L.
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Rebecca L.
5 years ago

hmmm thats a tough one. I understand both sides of the story....as a pet parent, I understand what the other family must be going through though. If I was the dog's new owner, I would probably give him back to his family. I do get attached easily, but this girl had him for 7 yrs. Whatever short time the new family has had him, does not come close to the bond that the girl had with him for 7 years. I think that the new family should give him back

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9robin58
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9robin58
5 years ago

Hmm,a chain in the backyard?

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

Its definitely one of those moments that make you question what is the right thing to do..the best for the pet and all involved should be the only answer but its not always that easy

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

this is a very dificult one wasn't it. i wouldn't want to have to make the desicion

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

This is unfortunate but the original owners should have contacted the shelter and put up missing flyers there as well. I see both sides of the story.

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SJL78
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SJL78
5 years ago

With legal proof, the dog should be returned. No questions.

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9robin58
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9robin58
5 years ago

To be chained back up,I don't like it.How often is the dog chained in the yard?Not enough info here.I would vote to leave with the new family.

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Bijou F.
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Bijou F.
5 years ago

I wonder why he had no ID of any sort??? Did he break free of his collar? I don't get that.

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

Why didnt these people go IMMEDIATELY to a shelter to see if their dog was there?

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
6 years ago

I would have made the effort to call every shelter and AC I could find. They were lucky that a shelter found a home for the dog. AC in Ct. can put a dog down after seven days I believe.

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Jill D.
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Jill D.
6 years ago

The Stutbits should have called the shelter in addition to putting up the posters. It is not the shelter's fault. It was their responsibility to make sure the dog had proper identification. It's a hard way to learn a lesson, but they could have prevented it.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

It is a painful lesson.

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Terrishumaker
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Terrishumaker
6 years ago

This is a very hard situation. The happiness of the dog should be 1st.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

The shelter was not at fault. Whether the Stutbits get Tottsieroll back or have another dog in the future, I hope the dog has proper ID and is not chained in the back yard, especially if it is the size of the dog in the picture.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

What was a tiny dog doing tied on a chain in the backyard to begin with? Why was there no microchip or ID on the dog? Why, if the owners were so concerned, why did they not contact the animal shelter right away? The dog was there for 5 days before being put up for adoption. Maybe the next time they will take a little more care with their pet and not have to go through this. The dog belongs to the new owners, in my opinion.

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9robin58
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9robin58
5 years ago

I agree,if they are "chaining it in the back yard" they obviously don't want the poor dog.They are just feeding off the news and should be ashamed of themselves.Let the new family who actually might want and love the dog have a chance.
Who loves a dog and "chains it up?"

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Inooshi
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Inooshi
6 years ago

I can see why the shelter can't do anything, since they waited the required 5 days, but I think the new family should voluntarily give the dog back and adopt another one.

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Vanrigs
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Vanrigs
6 years ago

maybe the other family will give the dog back.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Rules were followed by the shelter. However, it would be very nice of the new owners to return the cat and get another one.

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debbie w.
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debbie w.
6 years ago

I would offer the new family money for the care they gave my dog since that had it and hope they would understand 7 yrs of love compared to 1 yr of love and adopt another needy pet.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

I can only imagine how upsetting it is to lose your pet. At least the dog wasn't hurt and does have a good home(hopefully)

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Debra D.
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Debra D.
6 years ago

Joint custody?

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Carol M.
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Carol M.
6 years ago

I am disturbed that the dog was chained and had no tags. The shelter had no way of knowing this was someone's pet and waited the required number of days before placing it. I don't think the original owners have any grounds for litigation. How much better if the two families could work this out together, amicably.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

i dont agree with amimals or anything for that matter being implanted with chips

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Angela T.
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Angela T.
6 years ago

bummer but I guess I get their point.

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toni
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toni
6 years ago

What a difficult situation...but at least this dog is loved.

I wish that the new family would "understand" and adopt another needy pet...then everyone could be happy.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

I agree maybe the family should have checked with the shelter along with putting up fliers.

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Cindy M.
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Cindy M.
6 years ago

I don't think the shelter is at fault or the people who adopted Tootsie Roll. If my pet comes up missing the first thing I would do is contact the local shelter.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

unsure what i think. i know if it was my pet i would perservere until found

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I do not agree with chaining your dog outside. There should have been some sort of ID on the dog. Did they check with any local shelters to try to find Tootsie Roll? Sad story for the family but there are some safeguards they should have used. Hope it works out best for the dog.

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Loveshorses
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Loveshorses
6 years ago

I guess the way to go is microchips or at least a name on a collar

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

I wonder how hard they really tried to find him, most people know to check with shelters first. Sad for all involved.

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

what happened do we have an update

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NASCARTONE
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NASCARTONE
6 years ago

the family had five days to find the dog, a shelter would be the first place I would call

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John R.
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John R.
6 years ago

There's another good reason for not sending the dog back: who wants to spend life on the end of a chain? This is no way to treat an animal. My friend who works at pet fairs for a shelter nearby will NOT let an animal go if he finds out it is to be chained.

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

Microchip your pets!! It is the most fool proof way to show ownership and prevent these situations from happening!

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CatLady1960
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CatLady1960
6 years ago

Why didn't the owners check with local shelters?

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