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Woman's lost dog, adopted by another family, is returned

Posted October 8, 2019 10:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2019 4:38 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh woman lost her beloved dog Snoball, only for the tiny terrier to be adopted before she knew he was even missing.

But there's a happy ending to this story as she and her family hope to have Snoball back in their arms.

A Westie terrier poodle mix, Snoball can make your heart melt. Alana Collins drove all the way to Pennsylvania five years ago to adopt him.

Recently, she sent Snoball to stay with her aunt here along rural Sledge Road in Franklin County.

"A deer came running through, and that's all Snoball needed," Collins said. "He took off running after the deer."

Her aunt was heartsick, but she kept hoping Snoball would drift back.

Instead, ten days drifted by.

"I'm not blaming her, I'm not," Collins said.

Collins didn't know about Snoball's disappearance until this past Saturday. She took to Facebook asking if people had seen her dog.

Someone said yes — that he's on the Franklin County Animal Control's web page.

"And there he was, just as happy-go-lucky and just grinning for the camera," Collins said.

Right next to the photo, the word that made her heart sink: Adopted.

"My kids cried, of course, and they cried themselves to sleep," Collins said.

Someone found Snoball on Sept. 23 and called animal control. The shelter waited the state-required 72 hours before putting him up for adoption.

"And I don't blame the animal shelter because everybody there was doing their job," Collins said. "I want to make that very clear."

"We go above and beyond to try and locate the owner of a lost pet," the shelter's director said. "But in this case, there was no ID, nothing."

No collar, no microchip. Collins figures Snoball wriggled out of his harness.

"I would microchip my fish if I had to from now on," Collins said.

Tuesday evening, Lynn Bowling, the Franklin County Animal Shelter director, called and said the people who adopted Snoball on Sept. 27 returned the dog to the shelter to give back to Collins. They wish to remain anonymous.

Collins said she planned to pick up Snoball on Wednesday from the shelter. 

"I am so sorry for their loss and very grateful to them," she told WRAL News in a text. "I am extremely, extremely grateful that they would see it in their hearts to give them back to us."

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