Bronx Attorney In Midst Of Legal Battle With ASPCA To Get Dog Back

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx woman whose dog either ran away or was stolen last summer was thrilled to find out recently that her pet had been found.

But the situation is far from resolved because Jeannie Lopez, a 39-year-old lawyer, is having to battle to get her dog, Puchy, back.

“He is family to me,” Lopez told CBS 2’s John Slattery on Thursday. “This dog is my life.”

The dog is a 3 1/2-pound Maltese. Lopez got him four years ago and took him to a vet to have a microchip implanted. It’s not a GPS, but rather just an identity chip the size of a grain of rice.

“If anyone finds the dog and takes the dog to a vet, the vets are supposed to scan the dog,” Lopez added.

Last July, outside of her Bronx home, Lopez lost track of the dog. Seven months later, the monitoring company “HomeAgain” called her.

“I was elated,” Lopez recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

She was told that the dog was taken to a mobile ASPCA center to be neutered, but the dog had already been neutered. Lopez then insisted that she wanted her pet back.

“They told me that they couldn’t return the dog because they had a contractual obligation to the people who brought the dog in,” Lopez said.

The attorney went to court and got a decision forcing the ASPCA to turn over the identity of the new owner, but the organization still has two weeks to do it.

“We are not able to comment beyond saying that we will comply with the court’s order,” said ASPCA spokesman Bret Hopman, who added the matter is still pending.

“I feel frustrated,” Lopez exclaimed. “I’m fighting for a dog that’s rightfully mine.”

Lopez also admitted that part of her concern is that the dog suffers from a liver condition that requires medicine every day, and she’s worried that Puchy may not have received it since last July.

The next step is to ask for the dog to be returned. If the new owners refuse, the case will likely go back to court to prove ownership through the chip that was implanted.

Dog owners, can you imagine what this situation must be like for Jeannie? Share your thoughts and comments below…

  • Carlos B.

    This Dennis has no life, how sad he spends his days making stupid remarks.

    God forbid dumb Dennis ever has a pet.

  • dennis r

    I will defend that lady to the death of me. Just return the dog back…

  • dog lover

    This website needs to moderate their comments. ASPCA is acting irresponsibly.

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  • Melissa V

    Aww dog runs away from Miss Piggy… Haha… Really CBS? This is what we call news now?

    • dennis

      Dies the V stand for V.D Mellisa

      • dennis

        Does the V stand for VD Melissa. How do you look?

  • AD

    Clearly some of these comments are from people who are low class, horrible, never owned a dog, and do not have a heart or brain. This IS a story dumbasses as much as any other, especially given the number of dog owners in the tri-st area. Stupid horrible people. Btw microchipping is a legal obligation for any vet to RETURN the pet. The people at the ASPCA are as stupid as some of the people who commented here.

    • Harry

      People kill babies, calling it pro-choice, and the same society show so much love and care for pets.

  • Beavis

    It’s her little dog, and was probably stolen. Give it back to her. I’m sure she is heartbroken.

  • Ralphy

    Must be a very slow news day when this makes news. Oops I farted let me call the news.

    • Glenn Erdmann

      Farts do NOT have lumps.

  • Toscarednoname

    Omg!i can’t leave a comment she might sue me

    • dennis Ro

      I don’t think she can sue you for stupidty so your safe

    • dennis r

      I don’t think they can sue you for stupidty so your safe…

  • ted

    unbelievable!! get a life lady! u should have been more careful about ur dog in the first place!!

  • samantha

    this smurf face doesnt have enuff work to do obviously using her company time to fight for a dogt!! stop wasting everybodys time and energy!!
    worthless news

    • dennis Rodr

      How do you look Sa(Man)tha?

  • John .K

    This is news!!!!!!!
    What the heck happened to this country!!!!
    I’m so sick of reading worthless headlines and news like this….Its a shame really that us readers have to put up with this non-sense news.

  • DY

    This lady needs to cause so much LEGAL trouble for A.S.P.C.A. via all ways possible; till they do the LEGAL thing and return the puppy to her….

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