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Mylo (originally called Sherlick Holmes) was first adopted out over a year ago. I saw him again yesterday back at TAS in a cage, confused and probably still waiting for his family to return for him.

I wonder if they are enjoying the beach.

20 Comments to “Returned”

  1. Words cannot begin to express my disgust with those sub-humans.

    Mylo looks like a sweetheart. Here's hoping he finds the right AND forever family soon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could take this little one. The only good thing here is that he now has a chance for a wonderful truly loving forever home.

    All our hearts beat with your's Dearest Fred. They sure do. They sure do.

  3. That makes me want to cry. No wonder I prefer animals most of the time.

  4. Kit Lang says:

    OMG. How does he feel about cats? We're going to find out tomorrow after work. My spouse and I want to bring him home and love him and spoil him and make sure he is never hurt again. We have a perfect fenced back yard for him and a pet sitter who has been looking after our fur babies while we're away for years.

    Milo hold on! We're coming for you!

  5. CJ says:

    I'm appalled...... because I know that people like this are out there and they think nothing of it :(. I hope is next home is his forever & ever home.

  6. RebTee says:

    Oh, wow.

    I hope they get blacklisted from ever adopting again.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That is horrible poor milo well hes better off. Wonder were they put their kids when they go on vaccation? Do they get rid of them as well.

  8. Fred says:

    Kit Lang, please call TAS first to make sure he is available right now. TAS has got him on some meds and I don't know if it's because he's got a bug or if it's just precautionary. TAS South 416 338 6668. And thank you.

  9. Esther says:

    I don't know how you do it Fred. If I was on charge this blog would be a clutter of nasty swear words and angry threats...I guess that's why I'm glad we have you. Sarcasm is oh so much better then hateful words. Seriously though. These type of people are the lowest of low. Despicable.

  10. Anonymous says:

    People should research breeds before they adopt !

  11. deva says:

    No, some people should simply not adopt. What a revolting family. Fred, are names like these shared among the area shelters so that these lowlifes don't move on to THS and adopt a brand new puppy when they get back?

  12. Fred says:

    deva, I'm pretty sure all the names are kept confidential - probably a legal requirement with regards to privacy. There's unfortunately no law against dumping a dog for whatever reason.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This story worries me on two levels. Sad for Milo, But with your help Fred I am sure he will get a loving home in which he is valued as a family member, not a disposable amusement.

    But also I worry that the comments by people reviling Milos ex owners might stop people honouring the agreement they signed with rescue organizations. Which is to return the pet to that organization for re-homing if they no longer want or are able to keep the pet. An agreement that is reassuring when inability to care for the pet because of frailty or death occurs. But always a pessimist I worry that unwanted adopted out pets such as Milo will not be returned for fear of chastisement, and turned out on to the street or killed. I am sure TAS has policy in place to stop that happening with identifying chips etc. But I still worry
    anna wood

  14. Kit Lang says:

    Hi Fred,

    I called TAS and he's not available quite yet (maybe tomorrow). But the woman I spoke to says he doesn't get along with cats and we have a matriarch and a teenager at home. :(

  15. Fred says:

    Thanks for trying, Kit.

  16. Jessica says:

    OH my goodness, this breaks my heart. Let's keep the focus on getting this little guy a home....

  17. flat face momma says:

    While I agree with Anonymous about being cautious about slamming "owners"--it's still so discouraging to see this happen. And it is one of the reasons that many of us in rescue/shelter work get suspicious and lack trust with people.
    And it's especially discouraging to see that kind of reason stated. Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't, but Sheesh.

  18. siouxee says:

    Is there a way to blacklist these people from ever adopting again? I am disgusted. Here I am, not going to places far away from where we live, because 2 dogs and 2 cats cannot be in a car for too long, and boarding here is full this summer (here, being Turku, Finland), so we're on a waiting list to find space for our pets, but we rather just enjoy this summer with our pets at the local beach which the dogs love, than go to the Maldives and not be able to find boarding or a safe place for our furry ones. I an so angry people still do this.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Please tell me he's been adopted.

  20. Fred says:

    Anon, yes, he was adopted again a few days later.

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