Tim Overgaard and Amber Blanchard adopted their sweet dog Scooby after Tim experienced a tragic motorbike accident. It had left him paralyzed from the waist down, so they felt that sweet-natured Scooby might be able to ease his anxiety.
But Scooby had to go into kennels
When Tim fell in his wheelchair, he and Amber ended up in a local nursing home which strictly allowed no dogs.
Tim desperately needed time to rest, and so, the dog-loving couple decided to temporarily put Scooby in the care of an animal shelter, Little Texas Rescue Ranch, in Rossville.
The shelter seemed completely normal to Amber. She told the New York Post that they ‘seemed accommodating’ and ‘even offered to help with boarding fees’. She was told to meet a staff member at a church.
When she arrived, a teenage girl was waiting for her to pick up the dog.
“I pull up. She’s sitting on the curb and she says, ‘I live down the road,’” Amber said, according to the New York post. Amber didn’t think anything was odd about her interaction and let Scooby go.
But things weren’t quite as they seemed
When the shelter failed to respond to her texts and calls, she quickly grew concerned. And when she finally received a text back, it simply read:
“You gave your dog to a child. Everybody’s got problems. Goodbye.” Creepy, huh?
When the local animal control centre investigated Scooby’s whereabouts, the rescue ranch first denied ever having Scooby.
But according to the New York Post, the investigators said: “We eventually got them to confess that they did have the dog”.
They directed them to a rural adress where Scooby had unwillingly been staying. “The person that had Scooby had no idea that anybody was looking for him and immediately surrendered him to us. Scooby was a little skinny but otherwise was in good spirits." Phew!
And finally, the family were reunited
Scooby patiently waited at the Atascosa County Animal Control Facility for his Mum and Dad to collect him. And if you watch the video below, you’ll see just how happy Scooby was to see Amber again - totally adorable!
Animal control officials are now investigating the shady animal rescue, but charges have not yet been filed. It’s believed they may have been trying to sell the innocent pooch. We're super happy this lovely little family are together again!
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