Woman’s Missing Dog Is Found After 5 Years But Shelter Gives Her To Someone Else

Katie McCoy thought it was a Christmas miracle when her dog that went missing five years ago finally ended up at an animal shelter. But that miracle quickly turned into a nightmare. Before McCoy had a chance to pick up her pup, someone else came to the shelter and took her. That person claimed that she was their dog, and they even had pictures of her.

McCoy has no idea how this confusion occurred, but the shelter is refusing to do anything yet. So, McCoy is left with so much confusion and frustration. More than anything, she just wants to see the dog and know that she’s okay.

Small dog riding in car

A False Sense of Hope

McCoy adopted Abi the Poodle mix when she lived in Abilene, Texas. She said the pup “completed her heart” and became a huge part of her life. But sadly, when McCoy went to grad school in Houston in 2016, Abi went missing.

“Within 30 minutes, I had printed out flyers looking for her,” said McCoy. “I had my cellphone on, she had a collar with her name and my number, but I never heard anything.”

Woman with lost dog
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After years went by, McCoy began to lose hope. She feared that her beloved dog hadn’t survived. But then, she got a voicemail from Pasadena Animal Control saying that they’d found Abi and scanned her microchip.

McCoy didn’t listen to the voicemail until two days after receiving it, which she deeply regrets. She called the shelter right away when she heard the message, only to find out that someone had already claimed her dog.

Missing dog poster

Fighting for Abi

According to a shelter employee, someone picked up Abi the day before McCoy called. The person claimed that Abi was their dog, and they even had photos of her. Maybe they were the people Abi had been staying with all those years, but if so, they should’ve checked her microchip and done the right thing by returning her.

“I talked to Angie on the phone and she said somebody picked her up on Thursday, the day before I called back,” said McCoy. “I was like call her back. I’m the owner, let her know. She said the woman had photos of Abi and I said that doesn’t make sense, she is my dog she had my information. I’ve been looking for her for five years, and she said well you should have called.”

Missing poodle mix
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McCoy said the person she talked to wasn’t helpful or sympathetic. They said the situation is under investigation, so there’s nothing they can do at this time. McCoy has no information about the people who took the dog.

Of course, McCoy is overjoyed to hear that her dog is still alive after all these years, but she wants proof. She wants to see Abi and know that she’s okay. She won’t rest until her dog is home with her, so she will keep fighting back and spreading the word until that becomes a reality.

Woman cuddling small dog

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