Service Dog’s New Owner Refuses To Return Him To Man He Belonged To Before Escaping Home

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Almost two years ago, David Guindon’s service dog, Zeus, got loose and ran away from home. The husky was trained to help David, who is disabled and in a wheelchair, to perform basic tasks like turning lights on and off. David tried everything to find him, from putting up signs to hiring a pet detective, but nothing worked.

Now, he’s having trouble training a new husky named Zero.  It’s not an easy task, so when he heard that his beloved Zeus was found alive and well 40 miles away from his home in San Bernardino, California, he was relieved.

“When I got the call, I was excited. I  called all my family. I said, ‘Zeus is alive and he’s been found!'” David told CBSLA.

But the excitement was short-lived. A woman in Lake Elsinore, where the dog was found, had been trying to register Zeus in her name.

David spoke to her on the phone and asked if he could bring his long-lost service dog back home. He told her about their strong bond and hoped she would decide to return the husky to him.

But alas, according to CBSLA, the woman insisted that Zeus was her family’s now, as he had already bonded with her autistic son.

David says that he doesn’t want to get the police involved in the matter, and that he trusts she will ultimately make the “right” decision to return Zeus to him.

“He’s my dog,” David said. “He’s chipped; it’s not like a stray dog that has no information at all.  He’s chipped, so we know who he belongs to.”

Please SHARE if you want family and friends to weigh in on who should be the one to give Zeus a permanent home!

Photos: KCBS Los Angeles

CORRECTION: February 7, 2018

An earlier version of this story spelled Zeus’ owner’s name as “Davis.” His name is David.

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