STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO/WCMH) — A dog and his owner are both relieved to be together again after his owner watched him get adopted by another family.
When Ebony Barsic’s dog Kenyo ran away from home earlier in the summer, she spent weeks searching for him. Barsic visited the Stark County Humane Society once a week for three weeks and put up countless posts on missing pet Facebook pages. On Friday, she thought that her efforts had paid off only to be disappointed.
“I got a message in my inbox with a picture and it was my dog,” Barsic told WOIO. “I knew from the picture it was him.”
Barsic hurried to downtown to the Stark County Humane Society adoption event at Grapes Glass.
“I called his name and he turned and looked and I told the people, ‘That’s my dog,” she said. But the long awaited reunion didn’t happen. Another family was in the middle of adopting Kenyo from the Stark County Humane Society. The shelter had even changed his name to Homer.
“I was excited to finally find him and then, like I said, they basically said, ‘Too late,” Barsic said. “It’s not like he was adopted out three weeks ago, I mean, I was standing right there and they were still doing paperwork on it.”
It’s the shelter’s policy that dogs are claimed within four to seven days. Kenyo was missing for more than a month.
Kennel manager Bob Spivy said that Barsic simply came to the event, said “That’s my dog,” and left. It was when she returned that the adoption process was happening. Spivy said when he contacted the new owner, she happily returned him to Barsic.
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