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A Schoharie County, New York woman is desperately trying to get her dog back home where he belongs after he went missing for several weeks only to turn up at a local shelter that refuses to return him.
Alysha VanDyke’s 13-year old Miniature Pinscher, Manson, slipped from his collar in mid-September and did not return home. Because of his age and health issues, after an exhaustive search, the family began to accept that perhaps he’d run away to die.
Because their searches had turned up nothing, there had been no reported sightings of the senior dog, and because he had not returned home, VanDyke was shocked, and excited, when a friend spotted a Facebook post about an adoptable dog that looked just like Manson.
“We were like, ‘Oh my God here he is!’ And we thought that this was the greatest ending and everyone would be happy. Only to find out that was not so,” VanDyke explained to CBS6 Albany.
The Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley are refusing to return Manson to VanDyke and New York State Police are siding with the shelter.
Police say the dog now legally belongs to the shelter because he wasn’t claimed during a 5-day hold at local animal control after he was found.
Additionally, the shelter are refusing to return the dog because he is not neutered.
“They said he wasn’t neutered so we weren’t taking care of him then. He was originally studded out. He was a breeding dog young so we decided to not have him neutered for health reasons,” VanDyke said.
VanDyke is now taking the issue to civil court in hopes of getting her beloved dog back.
“We just want our dog back. He’s old and he’s feeble and being at a shelter at this point is not in his best interest,” she explained.