Lost Papillon Found 8 Years Later

By Fuoco, Linda Wilson | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), March 12, 2016 | Go to article overview

Lost Papillon Found 8 Years Later


Fuoco, Linda Wilson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


"We think we found your dog," said the telephone message from White Oak Safe Haven. Shelly Thomas burst into tears.

Although she was happy, Ms. Thomas was also shocked and stunned because Daisy Mae had been lost and gone for eight years. Ms. Thomas immediately rushed from her Murrysville home Feb. 27 to get the tiny brown and white papillon.

"I don't think Daisy Mae recognized me, at first," she said. "Maybe she was stressed because she was in a shelter."

Or maybe Daisy Mae's memory isn't what it used to be; she is now 15 years old.

Daisy Mae did seem to recognize Cameron Taylor, Ms. Thomas' son, who was 13 when the dog went missing. He's now 21.

"There were a lot of tears. It was a good day," said White Oak Mayor Ina Marton, president and founder of the no-kill shelter that has found homes for more than 10,000 dogs and cats since 2003.

The woman who brought the papillon to the White Oak shelter said her husband had found the dog in Monroeville eight years ago. They named her Peanut. They brought the dog because they were moving and couldn't take Peanut with them, they told shelter office manager Sandi Rhoads. She scanned the dog for a microchip.

"Peanut had been well cared for. They never had their veterinarian scan for a chip," Ms. Rhoads said. "Unfortunately, we see this a lot. People find a dog, they like it, and they keep it without trying to find the owner."

Good shelters scan every animal that comes through their door, and that's how Ms. Rhoads found Ms. Thomas' contact information. She said about one-third of the people who get their pets microchipped don't provide contact information or forget to update their phone numbers. Luckily, Ms. Thomas did.

Animal shelters, police departments and veterinarians generally have universal scanners that can be used to read chips to reunite owners with lost pets. …

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