Lost Houston Dogs Found At Shelter But Owner Cannot Claim Them – Please Microchip Your Pets!

This story was aired this week by Channel 13. It’s quite sad for the owner and we hope our community can find a way to help this pet owner get her dogs back. Please be sure to Microchip your pets because it’s the only way to ensure your pets would be returned to you from a legal standpoint should you lose them!

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/consumer&id=7580298 the link also shows the video clip on the news

TEXAS CITY, TX (KTRK) —┬áLosing a pet can be a traumatic experience, but one Houston woman says after her dogs turned up at a rescue facility things did not get any better.

The facility is not giving the dogs back to the owner, and even adopted one of the animals to someone else. The dogs got out of a back yard on July 2. Two weeks later the owner found them on the Internet, but the rescue shelter that has the dogs is not giving them back.

When Daisy Garza’s German Shepherds escaped from her back yard she says she looked everywhere for them. “Put ads online, Facebook, SPCA, Pet Harbor, the Green Sheet as well,” she said.

After two weeks, Garza says she managed to locate Nikki and Zeus on a lost pet web site and learned they were at Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary in Texas City. So Garza called the facility.

Garza said, “She said that due to her having them way too long she could not give them to just someone who claimed she lost a dog.”)) Garza says she then went to Whiskerville with a Texas City police officer in tow to get her dogs back.

She said, “I offered to pay the adoption fee, any housing fee, for the vaccinations and whatnot and she refused. She told us to leave her place.”

Garza says because she already has two other dogs, she could not adopt both her German Shepherds back, so she applied to adopt Zeus, the German Shepherd Garza has had for four years.

We called the owner of Whiskerville Pet Sanctuary and asked why the dogs could not be returned to Garza. Owner Wydell Dixon said the lost dogs had no tags and no way to track down the owner. Whiskerville’s owner also says she spayed one of the German Shepherds and got shots for the dogs. She says the $325 per dog adoption fee stands. Dixon went on to say it is her decision alone on who to adopt a dog to.

KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy said, “The problem here is that if you lose a dog and the shelter picks up a dog, it is the identification of the dog to begin with.”

Androphy says because the dogs did not have collars when they were found, they are considered strays.

“If they are strays, we’ll take care of them, they are not destroying the strays,” Androphy said. “They are taking care of them, putting them up for adoption so they are doing the humane thing.”

A note about the German Shepherds in this story — one has been adopted out, another is close to being adopted.

We talked to state officials about this situation, and they say there are no state laws that apply to giving back a dog to someone if the identification is in doubt. Shelters do have to comply with state laws, but there are no state licenses for them. If the dog has a tag or a tracking chip, you can prove ownership. Without those tags, we are told it becomes a civil matter and the courts will have to decide

4 Responses to Lost Houston Dogs Found At Shelter But Owner Cannot Claim Them – Please Microchip Your Pets!

  1. Christina

    August 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Why were these family members not tagged or microchipped? If I could microchip my own children I would do it! It seems like they weren’t important enough to the owner to follow through and take the extra care that a resposible pet owner should. One of the dogs wasnt even spayed! If anyone were to see a beautiful german shepard (or any pet for that matter)online and claim ownership, should they automatically turn it over to them based on their claim? I have a hard time being sympathetic to this owner. Why has no one thanked Wydell Dixon for saving their lives? They could’ve been hit by a car, picked up by bad people or worse–put down by another shelter. Most shelters would’ve put them down after 7 days. Daisy Garza should be thankful that someone found them that actually cared.

  2. Molly

    August 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Has anyone cared to ask Whiskerville Pet Sanctuary in what condition the dogs were found?
    Flea infested? No shorts, and one wasn’t spayed. A responsible pet owner “spays/neuters” there pet(s), gives heart-worm medication, flea control and vaccinate their animal on a regular basis.
    I don’t see that “Daisy Garza” is a responsible pet owner. Could she proof that those dogs had their annual shots and have seen a vet lately? There should be back up vets records?
    I’m on Whiskervill’s side and don’t give those dogs back to her, they deserve a better pet owner.

  3. B Carric

    August 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Whiskerville did everything right in this situation. The dogs were stray for a week before she even took them in. Then, another week or so later Daisy finally finds the dogs and applies to adopt just one of them!! How much can you really care for your dogs if you
    1. lose them with no collars or chips
    2. Don’t call all the local rescue shelters immediately when you notice they are missing and
    3. only ask for one of them back.

    Daisy just sees dollar signs in this scenario. If she truly cared for the dogs she would have thanked Whiskerville for saving their lives and tried to do anything she could to get them back. Instead, she goes to court seeking damages. Greedy, greedy, greedy. It’s a shame that Whiskerville’s reputation is being damaged by this evil woman. Many, many animals have been saved from horrible situations by the kind, caring people at Whiskerville.

  4. Susan

    September 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I’m relieved that the rightful and original owner, Daisy Garza, finally got her two German Shepherds back after such a long and emotional battle with that stubborn and controlling Wydell lady. IMO, Wydell gave good animal rescues a bad name by playing god with these dogs. The court document (judges’s ruling) from August 18 states all the facts clearly and illuminates the many poor decisions made by Wydell that exacerbated this situation.
    Despite what W posts on their fb page, Garza searched quite a bit for about 2 weeks until she found them. The time, energy and money that W wasted by fighting – instead of playing fair – could have been put to better use towards adopting or fostering other homeless animals, not 2 dogs that already had a good owner (not perfect, but good.)

    Read the court document (judges ruling from Aug.18), the facts are there. http://dig.abclocal.go.com/ktrk/whiskervilledoc2.pdf

    I just hope that one bad apple doesn’t spoil things for the many other great rescue organizations out there. “Adopt, don’t shop”