Canine Custody Battle Brews Between Two California Families Fighting Over One Sweet Dog

by Angela Andaloro

There are too many dogs in the world who haven’t found a loving home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 3.3 million dogs are taken into the shelter system throughout the country each year.

One California pup was among them, but now another family is saying, “Not so fast.”

An Anaheim dog owner is reporting that her beloved pup was adopted out to another family without her knowledge. According to Josette Psofimis, Olympus the Labrador was part of her family for four years. She left the dog with a family member to attend her son’s funeral on March 5. When she returned on March 13, she learned her dog had run away. The family member didn’t contact Josette to tell her because she was already distraught over her son’s death.

Josette later found out that Olympus had been picked up by a local animal shelter. The dog was found without identification or a microchip. The shelter held him for three days. Since his breed is popular and the dog was very people-friendly, the shelter was able to get him adopted by day four.

Olympus’ new family had him for only a week when Josette figured out what had happened and contacted them. She begged for her dog back by writing a letter to the family with the help of the shelter. Since the new family is now the legal guardian of the dog, it’s up to them to decide whether or not to give the dog back.

It’s a tough situation for everyone who loves Olympus, as nothing seems fair. For more on this story, watch the video.

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