About a year ago, the Other Half and I were on our way home from my Dad’s place, when we spotted a dog running loose on the streets. We quickly pulled over, seeing a buff colored pit bull type dog, we were careful to approach her, but quickly realized she was VERY friendly and must belong to someone. We looked around a bit, then decided we would take her home for the night, as the ASPCA had closed already.
We took a couple pictures and put them on Facebook, thinking maybe we would find her owners before having to take her to the shelter.
Although, we…and I’m ashamed to say it, had a brief moment where we thought…we could just keep her. We’d been talking about getting a dog…she was there…and obviously loved and cared about by someone. If it were me in their position I would want someone to do the right thing.
Within an hour we had people saying they knew the dog, then her owners girlfriend messaged me directly…which didn’t turn out so well. As I just wanted to verify proof of ownership before giving the dog to someone, she then began to become very harsh…threats to call the cops on me. All because we found her dog that had gotten loose with no collar, tags…anything.
In the end her boyfriend being of a cooler mind, sent us a photo and confirmed he was her owner. Within 20 minuets we had her reunited with her family.
In the end. Any pet owner hopes this is what will happen should their pet ever go missing. They hope someone will be kind enough to take it in…and then take the correct steps to make sure it is returned to it’s person.
But what if that doesn’t happen?
For a dog named Piper, and her owner Veronica Covatch unfortunately this was not the case.
For those who don’t know the story lets back up a bit. Piper is a 5 year old champion show dog, a Sheltie, and also a member of Veronica’s family. In April 2014 Veronica left Piper in the care of a friend in Ohio (they reside in Pennsylvania), this was Easter weekend. Piper unfortunately escaped on Good Friday and was picked up by Franklin County Animal Control, who discovered that Piper had a microchip which indicated she belonged to someone.
Now here is where things get sticky, as accounts of what has happened differ greatly, I will attempt to give you the information as I understand it. I’ve heard that the micro chip was not registered but did have the Vet’s information, and a phone call may or may not have been made. But, lets keep in mind this was a holiday weekend. Before the attempt was truly made from the accounts I’ve heard, Piper was then handed over to the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue or COSR that following Monday…3 days later.
Once Veronica became aware of the situation, she attempted to contact the rescue, with no luck, she left messages with no response. She sent pictures, provided proof of being a co-owner of the dog, as well as her breeder. She in fact offered to even pay to have Piper DNA tested to prove Piper was her dog.
Thats when Penny Sanderbeck, who runs COSR, made the claim that Veronica is no longer Pipers rightful owner. The National Sheltie Rescue Network even attempted to step in and help mediate the situation with no luck.
Since then it’s been a battle, both legally and via social media. There are claims from the COSR camp that Veronica had rehomed Piper last year, because she was sterile, or because she was killing puppies. They claim that Veronica no longer wanted Piper and sent her to live with strangers, who then let her escape. (They back these claims saying you can find this information easily online, a posting of her listing the dog for re-homing, but after many exhaustive searches I have yet to find this “proof”).
Ok. But Veronica is also Pipers breeder, and most ethical breeders I know will have any new puppy owner sign a contract stating that if they can no longer keep the dog, it will be returned to the breeder. So if its a case of new owners no longer wanting the dog, and Veronica wants her back…whats the big deal right?
Apparently its a VERY big deal.
The matter went before a judge who ruled in Veronica’s favor to have Piper returned to her, or Penny would have to pay a $10,000 bond to keep Piper, until the case went back to court. So what did COSR do? They posted the bond. Which, to be fair apparently only had to put down $200 of the $10,000…which if they lose the upcoming case COSR will be forced to pay the remaining part of the bond. Which brings in to question…if this RESCUE loses where will they be getting this $10,000 from? Donations?
The worst part of all this is no one has seen Piper outside of the COSR inner circle it seems. Which leads to more questions…WHERE IS PIPER?? Is she even safe? Did they spay her out of spite? Or worse?
What I find most disturbing is the blatant internet trolling of the COSR supporters of any articles written supporting Pipers return home. Yet, they will not come out with any of the apparent massive amounts of “evidence” they have showing Veronica is not Pipers owner, and is unfit to have her back.
I say fight on Veronica and Piper. We wont rest until you are home!
**These are personal opinions I have formed from following the Bring Piper Home Facebook group, as well as doing a vast amount of research regarding this topic. Please understand no negative or harassing comments will be allowed or responded to. This is my personal blog that I chose to write about a “hot” issue I feel strongly about, but I will not tolerate any type of trolling or negativity, this is my blog I use for healing. Thank you. **