California Family Adopts ‘Lost’ Dog, Refuses To Return Her To Owner

Sharon Robinson is begging the family to return her 9-year-old Shetland Sheepdog.

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Tipsy the Sheltie belonged to the Robinson family for nearly all of her 9 years before she was mistakenly adopted by another family earlier this month. Via Sharon Robinson/Facebook

What would you do if your missing dog ended up in the local animal shelter, but when you went to the shelter to go get her, you found out the dog had been adopted by another family? That is the predicament one California couple has found themselves in.

Sharon Robinson and her husband were in Boston when the California couple learned that their 9-year-old Shetland Sheepdog had gone missing, ABC News reports. Somehow, Tipsy had gotten out of the fenced backyard of their Stockton home and despite the family’s efforts, she could not be found.

Robinson shared Tipsy’s picture on a local Facebook group for lost animals and, several weeks after the Sheltie had gone missing, she heard that the dog was at the City of Stockton Animal Shelter. When the 71-year-old woman got to the shelter, she was told that Tipsy had been adopted by another family — and they aren’t going to give the dog back. 

“Evidently, they love her and don’t want to give her up,” Robinson told ABC News. “I feel their pain because they’ve got my dog.”

A spokesperson for the shelter said that Tipsy had been brought into the shelter as a stray in early December — while the Robinsons were in Boston — and was briefly placed in a foster home before being adopted by another family on Jan. 2, 2016. But despite only having the dog for 10 days, those unidentified people refused to return Tipsy to Robinson, who had raised her since she was a 5-month-old puppy.

The Robinsons were on the other side of the country when Tipsy went missing. Via Sharon Robinson/Facebook

The Robinsons were on the other side of the country when Tipsy went missing. Via Sharon Robinson/Facebook

“[We’ve] spoken to [the adoptive family] multiple times and have been hugely unsuccessful in convincing them to return the dog,” a spokesperson for the Valley Humane Society told ABC. “Talking to them, they just see a dog who’s super happy and they just don’t want to give the dog up.”

Robinson said that, yes, she takes some responsibility for losing Tipsy, but she still wants her back. 

“I was at fault for not having her microchipped, but my generation, we don’t even think about that,” she said.

Although the humane society will not release the new family’s name, Robinson has offered to reimburse them for everything they have spent on Tipsy, and has also offered to help them find a new dog.

A dog that is truly their own.

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  • Was the dog staying in the Robinson’s yard while they were out of town? I wonder what the circumstances were around that.

    Bridget January 24, 2016 10:23 pm Reply
  • Pressure will need to be made to bear on the new owners. Their logic is clearly shaped by selfish motives and they neither are willing or want to do the right thing. Time for e legal fund to sue them?

    Rich January 26, 2016 6:40 am Reply
  • It is truly unconscionable that the adoptive thieves have no sense of what is the only right and truthful thing to do which is to give the dog back immediately. This is not their dog!

    Hope January 26, 2016 1:18 pm Reply

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