A Seminole County (Florida) man is fighting to get his Boxer dog back from an unknown person who found his pet.
David Harrigan explained his boxer, Edgar, became scared by fireworks on New Year’s Eve and ran off.
A stranger discovered the Edgar and took him to a local vet’s office,where the dog’s microchip was scanned. However workers at the vet’s clinic gave the dog back to the stranger.
The 8-year-old, 80-pound Edgar is, as outlined by Harrigan, the biggest lap dog he has ever owned.
“He’s the sweetest dog, and more than anything we just want him back,” mentioned Harrigan.
Edgar was discovered a few miles from Harrigan’s home, in the middle of a hectic road, and taken to the Winter Springs Veterinary Clinic.
Even though Edgar has a microchip with Harrigan’s details attached, nobody from the clinic called Harrigan — he simply figured out that his dog’s chip had been scanned when he received an email from the microchip company.
“Morally, I think it’s despicable. This is their business; their business is to take care of pets and take care of their families,” Harrigan mentioned.
Employees said they gave Harrigan’s details to the person who found Edgar, instead of calling Harrigan instantly.
Channel 9’s Karla Ray learned that private clinics have no legal obligation to locate an animal’s registered owner.
“Isn’t there a moral responsibility of a vet clinic to try to get a dog back to its registered owner?” Ray asked a clinic employee.
“That’s what we did, we gave them the registered owner’s information,” was the response.
Florida Boxer Rescue is also registered on Edgar’s microchip.
Representatives with the Florida Boxer Rescue informed Ray that the individual who found the dog said the dog had an ear infection and skin issue. They said the person who discovered the dog does not plan to call Harrigan till test results come back showing the dog is healthy.
“My goal is to bring him home. I want to bring him home, that’s it,” mentioned Harrigan.
Neither the clinic nor Florida Boxer Rescue would release the name of the person holding Edgar. Harrigan hasn’t been able to get that info, either.
UPDATE [9th January]: Family Thrilled to be Reunited With Their Beloved Edgar the Boxer