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Dog Hunt Turns to Shelter Blame Game

A central Arkansas woman is going to great lengths to find her missing dog. Ever since December she's been desperately trying to find it. She's even offering a $500 reward.
A central Arkansas woman is going to great lengths to find her missing dog. Ever since December she's been desperately trying to find it. She's even offering a $500 reward.

The owners hunt however turned into a social media blame game involving a local animal rescue organization.

It's become a maze of a story that began when her dog went missing in Cabot. Kathryn Mashburn says she's called every shelter in Central Arkansas daily for the last three months. Just last week a white maltese that looked just like her dog named Ferbie popped up on a shelter list but before she could get there it was sent to another rescue who adopted it out in just a matter of days.

Since Ferbie went missing December 2, Mashburn's desire to get her dog back has grown every day especially with Ferbie's puppy still at home.

"It's tough," she said. "For the first few weeks I cried constantly."

She's flooded Facebook with pictures and posts and calling every shelter she knew of daily.

She kept that up until a possible lead broke this week.

A picture showing a dog similar to Ferbie popped up on CARE. Central Arkansas Rescue Effort focuses on giving animals facing possible euthanasia a foster or permanent home.

The listing offered the dog up for 150 bucks.

On Tuesday it was adopted out.

"But I haven't been given a chance to see if [it's him] or not," Mashburn said.

Since then friends and others concerned for Mashburn's search for Ferbie have raked CARE through the coals demanding it let Mashburn see the dog. They even started a petition.

CARE has gone on the defensive.

"It is frustrating and we're really sorry that it happened," said CARE President, Laura Lamps. "We wish that the first contact had been directly with us by phone or email and not through Facebook."

Even further she insists the dog isn't Ferbie. Since he didn't have a chip they had to rely on descriptions.

Lamps added, "The best thing any dog owner can do is have their dog micro-chipped."

CARE did make the effort to get a photo of the dog in question and compare. The photo provided by the new owners show clear differences than markings described by Mashburn.

Now the distraught dog owner, back to square one with an empty cage at home, wishes the local animal shelter would have mentioned something when the dog came through it's doors to begin with.

Mashburn said, "Morally they're wrong."

We tried getting answers from the Cabot Animal Shelter on why they may have let a dog similar to Ferbie slip through without notifying someone who claims they've called daily. They said we'll need to wait till Monday.
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