OPINION: Lost dog makes surprise Sun City visit

We had a surprise visitor in our neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon — a lost dog.

It was late Saturday afternoon, so none of the pet shelters were open. My neighbor, who found him, is allergic to dogs; they couldn’t keep him overnight, so they took him to a 24-hour emergency clinic, hoping he had a chip. Hooray! He did have a chip. Boo! Because of privacy issues, they were told the owner’s name and address could not be given out.

What is the purpose of having an animal “chipped” if the information cannot be given out to the person who finds the lost animal?

Long story short, the dog stayed overnight in my laundry room — we didn’t want him to encounter a coyote overnight. Next day his owner was located. However, it would have been a lot less stressful for both the owner and the dog if they could have been reunited on the same day that he was lost.

Does anyone know how to get that stupid rule changed?

Carolyn Copeland

Sun City

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