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Dog reunited with family after escape from Dunn vet clinic

Posted July 29, 2012
Updated August 4, 2012

— A Smithfield family was reunited Sunday with its 7-year-old Labrador-German shepherd mix after the dog went missing from a Dunn veterinary clinic last week.

Kim Croonquist says she boarded Ewok at Vets for Pets on July 4, but when she went to pick the dog up, she found out it was missing. Croonquist said she believes Vets for Pets was negligent.

Dr. Guy Beretich, who runs Vets for Pets, said Ewok fought to escape from the kennel the night before the family returned.

Staff members found the dog Sunday behind the clinic.

Beretich is currently appealing the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board's ruling that he surrender his license after investigators found what they called "evidence of incompetence."


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  • St Ives Jul 30, 2012

    So glad he is safe and sound. Ewok can not speak for himself but I bet he doesen't want to go back there! The vet said the dogs tried to escape and made it sould like he was blaming the dog! For pete sake most dogs do not try that hard to escape unless there is a reason. I know the family is very ahppy I can not imagine the heartach they felt.

  • storchheim Jul 30, 2012

    The owner boarded the dog on June 4 for what, seven weeks? Sometime last week the dog went missing, and was suddenly found behind the building? I don't buy it for a second. Someone knew where that dog was and how to get it back.

  • kimsstressed Jul 30, 2012

    YAY!! Glad they have him back safe and sound!!

  • savannahn8v Jul 30, 2012

    Thank you God!

  • cocosyder2 Jul 30, 2012

    Staff members found the dog Sunday behind the clinic.

    Where was he the rest of the time. Did the folks not bother to check around the area. It sure sounds suspicious. Don't believe it for one minute

    Where I live he would have been picked up for loitering.

    At least Ewok is back home. Now get the sleay Dr's license revoked

  • kickchick2000 Jul 30, 2012

    I'm supper happy the dog was reunited with his family. However, something fishy is going on at that place. All of a sudden the dog showed up after is has been missing for a week.

  • lfields2 Jul 30, 2012

    Nice follow-up WRAL, it's nice to see good news.

  • cocker_mom Jul 30, 2012

    What happy news. Hopefully the clinic can have some better controls in place if they are going to continue to board dogs.

  • nufsaid Jul 30, 2012

    All's well that ends well.

  • caniac315 Jul 30, 2012

    I'm glad they got their dog back.