Woman chases Dog Pound after adopting runaway Golden Retriever

A Chicago woman is suing two animal rescue agencies for adopting her missing golden retriever as contact details are available on her collar.

Karly Moran-West is suing the Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Fetching Tails Foundation for allegedly breaking the Illinois Animal Agencies Act. She claimed the animal control agency admitted her golden retriever Zeus to a pound before he was adopted by another family. Perhaps the most critical part of the lawsuit, however, is the fact that she was never contacted by the city’s animal control agency, despite having her phone number embroidered on it.

“I’m still blown away that there is a dog with a collar, with a phone number,” said Moran-West attorney Jonathan Rosen, “and no one saw fit to call. . “

Moran-West has argued that Chicago Animal Care and Control and Fetching Tails violated an Illinois law that states animal control agencies must take whatever steps are necessary to reunite lost animals with their owners. She told local news station CBS 2 that the animal control admission card was named Zeus. Therefore, she argued, they must have seen her phone number.

“He was lied to and told there was no phone number,” Rosen said.

Once she found out that her dog was still alive, she tried to contact Zeus’ new family in an attempt to get him back. Unfortunately, the family refused.

“I understand that you have had Zeus for a long time and you are probably very attached to him now, but I have had him longer and he was my child,” she said. “And if your child was adopted by someone else, I feel like you would probably do the same. So I think you should have some heart and give me back my dog.”

A Chicago Animal Care and Control spokesperson told the local newspaper on Chicago Sun-Times that “the city will review the filed complaint and have no further comments as the matter is currently pending.”

The owner of one dog was shocked to learn that his dog had been adopted by a new family when the owner’s contact details were available on the dog’s collar. An image of a golden retriever on a sofa.
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Moran-West was visiting his sister in Los Angeles in January 2020 when Zeus escaped from his father’s court.

Moran-West, who wants to become a veterinarian, has conducted his own research. She said an informant told her that Zeus had been adopted under the same name.

“I’m blown away. I think everyone in Chicago should be afraid of the situation,” Rosen said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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