|Greta Simmonds with the dog|
A family was overjoyed to be reunited with their lost dog, despite its altered appearance.
Greta Simmonds and Kim Borgstrom have a 6-year-old dog named Max.
They took their beloved dog to work with them everyday.
The dog was black and white when it disappeared from the family’s business in Opua, New Zealand.
The family said that everyone in the neighborhood knows the dog as it played outside their business everyday.
However, one day, the Jack Russell Terrier went missing and when it did not return at the end of the day, the family became worried.
Simmonds asked his teenage sons to post the information about their missing dog on social media. They also offered a $1,000 reward.
The message quickly went viral and people in the town called them with tips. Simmonds said that he was getting sick with worry over the well-being of the dog.
At the end of the week, a tip led Simmonds to a family in the Bay of Islands area.
He said that he knocked on their door and explained that they were looking for their little dog that was microchipped and registered.
Suddenly, a black dog came running out. “It looked like Max and behaved like Max, but it was not the right color,” Simmonds said.
Simmonds soon realized that the dog was Max and that the white fur was dyed black, in an apparent attempt to hide its identity.
Simmonds said that many people were outraged after seeing photos of the dog that was dyed black. However, he said: “I am just so glad we got him back.”
Pets on the Net founder Kim Buchanan said that in her 14 years on the job, she has never heard of anyone dying an animal another color to disguise it.
“The usual process is to have them checked for a microchip, which people can do at any vet for free, or they can call the pound. It's not right to do finders keepers, pets are members of people’s families, you have to do everything you can to find those people, not just keep an animal that you find,” Buchanan said.