A Seminole County family is fighting to get their Boxer dog, Edgar, back from a stranger who found him. The person who has Edgar says he isn't healthy and is refusing to give him back until he is. David Harrigan says Edgar is well-cared for by his family, who all miss him and want him back.
Edgar the Boxer went missing on New Year's Eve 2014. As David Harrigan describes it, "During the late evening hours of New Year's Eve 2014, the unimaginable happened - our 8 year-old boxer, Edgar, was outside doing his business and got lost. It was freezing cold, wet, and noisy with neighboring firecracker celebrations, and despite my best efforts to track him down, he was nowhere to be seen."
Fortunately, Edgar was microchipped when they adopted him 5 years ago. Edgar's microchip was scanned a few days later when he was taken to a vet clinic by a woman who found him and saved him from a busy road. However, the vet clinic did not call the Harrigan's directly. Instead they passed on the family's contact details on to the stranger.
But the Harrigans did not get a call. Instead they received an email from the microchip company on four days after Edgar's chip was scanned. According to the microchip company, the chip was scanned on January 2, less than 2 days after Edgar ran away.
The woman is now apparently refusing to return Edgar out of concerns for his health citing a skin condition and a bad ear infection.
The family posted the following message to their Facebook page on January 6th with the following message:
"THANK YOU to WFTV for running this story and giving Edgar the exposure he needs to get home. We still have no information on where Edgar is or who has him. We are grateful to the good Samaritan who rescued him and helped to avoid the unspeakable. Unfortunately, this person feels that he/she is entitled to make decisions on the quality of Edgar's home and care without speaking with his family.
The news report references an ear infection and a skin condition as some reason to suggest that he is not cared for. As long as we've had him, Edgar has had chronic issues with yeast in his ears. I've taken him to the vet several times to have it treated, and for the past few years we have experimented with different foods to see if they are related to food allergies. I've had him on grain-free food, breed specific blends for boxers, etc., trying to figure out what causes the yeast to develop. While we have dealt with recurring issues over the years and treated ear infections, and while we don't know the specific cause of them, one thing I CAN say is that it is not from lack of effort, care, attention or treatment.
With regard to the skin condition referenced by this person, I am unaware of any such situation and can only attribute this to the fact that he was lost in the elements for a period of time. As long as Edgar has been a part of our family, he NEVER has experienced any skin issues. We unfortunately have no further information regarding this to provide any response to.
As to any claims by the person(s) who have him, Edgar has a veterinarian who has treated him as recently as 3 months ago.
Please let the message to the person who rescued him be clear: THANK YOU. If there is any question regarding his health or the quality of his life, we can't understand why we would not receive a call knowing that you have our contact information. Please do the right thing and just send Edgar home where he belongs, where he loved, and where he is cared for. Thanks and God bless."
What do you think?
Update: January 8, 2013: Edgar has been returned to his family.
The Harrigan's have been reunited with Edgar on Wednesday. Details to who actually found Edgar remain unclear, but on Tuesday, David filed a police report, declaring his dog stolen. Soon after declaring the dog stolen, David was contacted by an attorney for Florida Boxer Rescue and the family was happily reunited with Edgar at a vet clinic.
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