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Fayetteville vet clinic loses boarded dog

Posted July 3, 2008

— Staff at a local veterinary clinic admit they lost a pet dog that a new Fayetteville resident had boarded with them.

Employees at the Reilly Road Animal Hospital said Godiva, a pit bull belonging to Sam Anisha, somehow got out of her cage and the building and into the streets.

"(Godiva) was like a part of the family. It was a family dog," Anisha said of the 5-year-old dog he's had since she was a puppy. "It wasn't just an animal."

Anisha said he named the brown-and-white pit bull Godiva, because she's as sweet as chocolate.

Workers at Reilly Road Animal Hospital, however, told Anisha that his dog was missing when he arrived to pick her up on June 20.

"The staff said, well, maybe we gave her to the wrong person," Anisha said. "And I was like, if someone took the wrong dog, they're going to notice that right then and there."

Staffers also told Anisha a break-in had occurred a night earlier, and Godiva could have been stolen.

Employees say they later determined that Godiva managed to break loose from her cage and leave the building through a side door around 7:30 p.m. on June 19.

The kennel had been locked up, veterinary technician Tammy Calloway said.

"Somehow, she broke open the lock," Calloway said. "We checked, the alarm was set, and the door was locked."

"They're trying to say she opened the round door knob and the dead bolt that's about five or six feet high," Anisha said.

The clinic has joined Anisha in his efforts to find the Godiva, staffers said. They have run an ad in the newspaper for a week and helped distribute fliers in the area.

"We're trying out best to find this dog," Dr. Bentley Stephenson said.

Calloway said it's the first time Reilly Road Animal Hospital has lost a pet in its 18-year history.

Anisha questioned why he wasn't immediately informed about his dog's disappearance.

"Instead, they waited until I go up there and pick up the dog, and then they tell me what's happening," Anisha said. "And that's already so many hours after she's gotten out of the building."

Anisha has offered a $1,000 reward for Godiva's safe return.

Anyone who has seen the dog was asked to call Anisha at 910-723-0805.


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  • dianadarling Jul 4, 2008

    Definitely check animal control. Our dogs got of an electric fence during a power outage. They are microchipped, but after 3 days we checked animal control ourselves. We had called every day but someone said we should go down there. Good thing, Even with expensive electric fence collars, animal control did not think to scan them for the microchip. "We have too many strays to scan them all" was the answer. Well, how about scanning the ones that have collars first?? especially expensive collars. I said, "I hope you would have scanned them for a microchip before you euthanized them!" I just got a blank stare.

  • djofraleigh Jul 3, 2008

    My friends left their dog with a local boarding lot. When they got back from Hawaii, two weeks later, the dog was handed over to them, groomed, in good shape, no charge. It had gotten out the first day, been out the whole two weeks, hung around the place, eating the food they left out, and came back in that morning. Don't tell me that dogs don't have some 6th sense. You can tell me there is a thing called coincidence, but that weakens a mystery novel.

  • carygirl26 Jul 3, 2008

    The owner should not have to post a reward, that should be the responsibility of the vet clinic that lost the dog. I am so tired of all these stories about animals being treated so poorly. Now you can't even trust a vet clinic?? I feel terrible for this pet owner and hope the dog is found soon.

  • St Ives Jul 3, 2008

    Remind me never to board or treat a dog there.

  • hollylama Jul 3, 2008

    One of the vets stole the dog because they didn't like its owners...

  • Geez Louise Jul 3, 2008

    Apparently a slow day for news at WRAL

  • airbornemonty Jul 3, 2008

    Yeah I know that Fayetteville is a small city, but a story about a lost dog! Holy Mother of god what a sad story!

  • agricon3 Jul 3, 2008

    check animal control--not to scare you but a co-workers bulldog escaped his yard and animal control caught the dog and put him down. The dog had an ID collar but they didn't even try to contact my friend.

  • ShareTheRoad Jul 3, 2008

    what a crock! oh well ya, you see, SOMEHOW this dog picked the lock on her kennel, then picked the lock on the door, got out without setting off the alarm, then locked the door back behind her.

    i smell fowl play, and it makes me sick. that sweet bully is probably in the wrong hands right now, being made to do things she wasn't raised to do.

    disgusting! come forward and give the man back his dog!!!!

  • Deacons Jul 3, 2008

    close them down