FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island family is fighting to get their beloved dog back, but an animal rescue group is not eager to return the pet.

At Bobbi and the Strays animal shelter in Freeport, she goes by the name Blue. But in Stony Brook, the Osborne family knows the same 5-year-old dog as Luna. They say she is theirs and they miss her.

“I came and the first thing I said was, ‘All her toys are still here, she’s gone,’” Linda Osborne said.

She had to go to an in-patient rehab center after being hospitalized for a diabetic condition. Doctors told her family she may never leave. So her son put her shepherd-beagle mix up for adoption on Craigslist.

“He was cornered. He was worried about me,” she said.

Osborne pulled through, but in the meantime, a man adopted the dog but then decided to get rid of her, dropping her off at a kill shelter without telling the family.

That’s when Bobbi and the Strays rescued her and, by chance, Osborne found her on their website.

“I saw her and I screamed for the boys. They had her as a neutered male, we’re like, ‘no, that’s her, we are going,’” she said.

When they tried to get her back, “she jumped all over us, kissing us.”

That’s Osborne’s story, but shelter volunteers tell it differently.

“It is scared silly of the son,” one volunteer said.

He said the shelter won’t give back the dog, because they feel the family’s home and backyard aren’t fit, and because they gave the dog up for adoption on Craigslist, which is dangerous for pets.

“They feel sorry for the mother. What about the dog?” the volunteer said.

Osborne admits her son should have never put the dog up for adoption in the first place, but had no idea she would end up in a shelter.

“Bad things can happen on Craigslist, but Timmy admits he made a horrible mistake,” she said.

The family now plans to get the authorities involved and take legal action.

Osborne’s adult son even said he would move out if that meant his mom could get her dog, but the shelter still won’t allow it.

Comments (5)
  1. PhilEsq says:

    I retained a lawyer who is well-known for dog ownership cases. I only do accident cases so I will assist as co-counsel. Please take a look at this gofundme campaign and donate if you can. I donated the first $100. Whether you can donate or not, please share on Facebook

  2. Here is a sample of the kind of work that Bobbi and the Strays does to try to unite a dog and its owner. This is YOUR story. Please portray BOTH sides of a story in your report.

  3. You know, these kinds of shelters aren’t really interested in the welfare of the dog. They are interested in getting publicity and making a “name” for themselves. They just want to be in the news, so they are making it difficult for this poor sick woman. It’s a shame what these nasty, narrow minded, cruel people are getting away with.

  4. Judy Henry says:

    Give this woman her dog back! How can a shelter be a better environment than a loving home?This has nothing to do with this woman’s son. And if all else fails, someone should adopt the dog and then give it back to the woman. I am outraged over this situation.

  5. Give the woman her dog back. You have no legal right to hold her dog. You even admit it is her dog. She didn’t put it on Craigs list her stupid ass son did

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