After her dog ran away, a woman received devastating news: The dog was adopted, and the new family won't give her back.
There's no describing the emotional toll when a dog runs away. But despite one dog owner's attempts to find her missing dog, the dog was found a day too late and was already adopted by another family.
Christine Bockin of Austin, Texas, still hopes that she'll get her dog, Mila, back. Mila, a one-year-old black Lab, was found by a good Samaritan and brought to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Georgetown.
While Mila was missing, Bockin hung up flyers, typed out notes, and searched for her dog after Mila had wandered off while not wearing a collar.
Mila spent a 72-hour waiting period at the shelter, and was then transferred to the Austin Humane Society, where she was adopted.
Though Bockin did eventually locate Mila in the shelter, she was told that Mila had been adopted the day before. Bockin missed her chance to get her dog back by 24 hours.
Then, Bockin received worse news. After the shelter contacted the new family, the family stated that they were not interested in giving Mila back. They also requested that the shelter stop contacting them.
Bockin has owned Mila since the dog was weaned from her mother. She planned to get Mila microchipped and spayed, but hadn't done so yet.
Microchips can help to reunite lost pets with their owners. When pets are brought into shelters or veterinary offices, they are scanned for a microchip. A vet or shelter staff can then log the microchip's number into a registry to access the pet's owner's name and contact information.
Though Bockin doesn't blame Mila's new family, she wants Mila to come home again. According to an Austin civil attorney, Bockin can file a lawsuit, but Bockin doesn't want to have to pursue legal action.
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