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A Seminole County male who has been pleading for the public’s help to get his Boxer back was at last reunited with Edgar on Wednesday.
A TV station broke the story on Monday after discovering the lost dog had its microchip scanned at a local vet clinic, however nobody called the dog’s owner.
Owner David Harrigan told a reporter he received word late Tuesday night the dog and family would be reunited.
Edgar, an 8-year-old boxer, ran away during New Year’s Eve fireworks. Harrigan said a person found the dog and that it was dropped off at the vet under the name of the very rescue group who granted him to adopt Edgar in the first place, Florida Boxer Rescue.
“It’s not just that they’ve known where he was, they’ve had him,” explained Harrigan. “They’ve had him the whole time. At least since Monday.”
Workers at Winter Springs Veterinary Clinic let the person who dropped Edgar off take the dog home, even though a microchip that properly identified Harrigan as the dog’s owner.
However workers didn’t get in touch with Harrigan to let him know if missing dog had been found.
“We microchipped him for a reason — we microchipped him so that if something like this happens and he gets scanned that they’ll do the right thing and call me,” stated Harrigan.
Channel 9’s Karla Ray was at first told that an unknown person who apparently found Edgar held him after showing concern that maybe the dog was not being appropriately looked after.
On Tuesday, Harrigan filed a police report, saying his dog stolen. Immediately after declaring the dog stolen, Harrigan was contacted by an attorney for Florida Boxer Rescue.
Details to who in fact found the dog remain unclear, however Edgar’s microchip lists Florida Boxer Rescue as his co-owner. A representative from that group told Ray that they had been got into contact with the individual who currently has Edgar.
The group told Channel 9 on Monday that an unknown person who located the dog in traffic was holding onto him.
On Tuesday, Ray called the group a number of times to inquire about the dog’s location, however her calls weren’t returned.
Late Wednesday, the group released a statement acknowledging they’ve been in contact with the clinic holding the dog to get all the information.
“They flat-out lied to me, multiple times,” explained Harrigan.
Edgar has an ear infection and a hookworm, conditions his family said they will pay to correct.
“I’m thankful for (Channel 9) and everyone who repeatedly told these guys to do the right thing over and over and over again,” explained Harrigan.
Nobody from the clinic would talk with Ray on Tuesday, however she figured out that the owner of the clinic told Harrigan that office policies would change.
In a Facebook message, the owner Carla Simms wrote, “I am sorry my employee did not contact you and I have put corrective actions in place so this never happens again.”