Thursday, July 21, 2005
That's Just Wrong: Missing Dog
We all know pets play a pivotal role in most households. But when one family went on vacation, they came home to a true dog dilemma. Instead of being reunited with their best friend, they found out the boarder misplaced their pooch. Now the family says, That's Just Wrong.
WSVN--Wayne and Kim Carter have walked miles the last two weeks.
Nailed up thousands of fliers. Stopped cars on the street and knocked on hundreds of door all in search for Candie.
Kim Carter: "My little boy is ten years old and she's his best friend. And we're just suffering tremendously from this."
The couple left Candie with a boarder in southwest Miami Dade. When they returned from vacation, the little jack russel terrier was gone.
Wayne Carter: "The day we got back, she started out by lying to us, telling us that someone else picked our dog up and paid cash."
But when the police got involved ...
Wayne Carter: "She changed her story completely and said well, I don't really know what happened. She said well, maybe your dog got away."
The kennel owner then told them she had left Candie and another dog on this screened-in porch the night of the 4th of July.
Wayne Carter: "I said what do you mean you left her here. We told you before we left that she was extremely afraid of fireworks and not to leave her alone and you promised you wouldn't you promised you would keep her inside and keep her safe."
What outraged the couple even more was that the boarder never called them.
Wayne Carter: "She had both our cell phone numbers, she had my sister in law's number in Tennessee, She didn't bother calling us. I said why didn't you call us, why didn't you call us? She said well, I was in and out a lot I didn't know for sure what happened."
When Wayne and Kim began their search, Candie had already been missing a week. When they contacted 7 news, we sent a producer who was met by one of the boarder's employees.
7 News Producer: "Is the owner here? "
7 News Producer: " Where are they? "
Employee: "She's not here, she says I can't let nobody in here."
The worker did tell us there were around 30 dogs at the kennel on the night of the 4th. He wouldn't let us contact the owner. But when we asked about Candie
Employee: "No I don't speak to much English. And I don't want to tell you something when I don't know."
And Candie isn't the only dog in trouble.
Dog Owner Lise Marie: " What happened? He's bleeding. He played."
Lise Marie was told by kennel workers that her dog Oscar was injured while playing.
He was covered with cuts on his head and feet when she picked him up. But she doesn't think her dog could be in this much pain from playing.
Oscar's owner Lise Marie: "I'm just surprised, that he, he, I mean he's a beautiful pedigree dog and obviously he's been fighting or something."
We contacted Miami Dade County animal control who told us they have never received a complaint about missing or abused dogs at the kennel.
Last year they did cite the owner for not having her license to operate up to date and for boarding dogs without proper rabies vaccinations.
The kennel was inspected again this week and again its license was out of date.
For Wayne and Kim their best hope is Candie found her way to someone's home. And that someone will return her to her family.
Kim Carter: "I know she's a really sweet dog and I know you probably want to keep her. But we miss her so much, please give her back to us."
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