Facebook_off Twitter_off Pinterest Instagram_off Googleplus_off Youtube_off Emailnewsletter

Welcome to DogHeirs, Where Dogs Are Family! Log in or Sign Up


DogHeirs Tshirts

DNA test settles dispute between two families claiming ownership of dog

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | May 01, 2012 | Comments (0)

Sam underwent DNA test to determine ownership

It's a paternity claim with a twist. Two neighbors in Blythewood, South Carolina claimed a 4-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever named Sam, was theirs.

Sam came into the Eargle family's home four years ago as a puppy. He was outside playing when his guardian Kelli Eargle said Sam "decided to go on a little prance". But the family became concerned when he did not come back. "This dog is a part of our family," said Al Eargle. Three days passed. The family had canvassed the neighborhood with flyers. Then on the fourth day, Kelli turned onto a particular street and "there Sam was, being walked in the back yard of someone's home," said Kelli. "I knew immediately it was our dog. Basically stopped the car in the middle of the road and jumped out calling his name and he turned immediately and looked."

The Eargle's thought they had a happy ending. But the other family that had the dog felt this was their dog and were not going to give him up. The other family told Kelli that their dog had gone missing approximately a year ago, and he had come home on Sunday morning, around the same time that Sam had gone missing.

Sam had two families claim dog theirsThe Eargle's weren't about to give up. "I'd bet my life that that's my dog. That's my dog. I'm willing to bet my life on it," said Al. They got a lawyer and it was determined Sam would get a DNA paternity test. Sam stayed in court custody so that ownership could be decided. As Sam had been purchased from a breeder, Sam and his father were brought to a veterinarian for the DNA test. Both families witnessed the procedure as the DNA samples were collected and sealed in an envelope before being sent to Ohio for diagnostic testing.

Just a day later, the moment of truth had arrived. DNA results show a perfect match.

Since the DNA test proved Sam's lineage, the court released the family pet back to the Eargle's.

"It's great. It's great...He's very happy," said Kelli. But the Eargle's say they learned a strong lesson. All the drama could have been avoided with a microchip, which Sam now has along with a brand new collar.

"No one can believe this story. No one can believe that this really happened," said Kelli Eargle. "I've seen weird things, but I would never imagine something like this would happen. But it did," said Kelli's husband Al.


View more articles in: Community News

You may also like

Elephant and dog best friends love playing in the water together (VIDEO)

Bubbles the elephant and Bella the Labrador Retriever are best friends and have bonded over their love of water. They love to swim and play in the river together. Bubbles wants to spend time with Bella and makes it a game for Bella to climb and jump off her back.   Bubbles was adopted as an ivory orphan (her parents killed for their ivory by poachers) by Myrtle Beach Safari in 1983.   Related: Baby...
Read more

Canine Hip Dysplasia: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal diseases in dogs and affects millions of dogs worldwide. As the disease progresses, a dog's hip joints degenerate, causing increased pain and mobility issues for the dog. If left untreated, a dog will eventually be unable to use his/her hind legs and suffer extreme pain. However, the vast majority of dogs with hip dysplasia can lead full and active lives if the disease is diagnosed early...
Read more

Loyal dog saves baby from abusive caregiver

Benjamin and Hope Jordan said they have their dog Killian, a black lab and German shepherd mix, to thank for alerting them that something might be wrong with the babysitter who was looking after their 7-month-old child. According to a Charleston Police Department report, the Jordans said they began to suspect something was wrong after Killian growled and protected their child whenever the babysitter visited. "About 5 months into her being our babysitter, we started...
Read more

Off-duty animal control officer rescues dog being dangerously towed on highway (PHOTO)

An animal control officer returning home from vacation spotted an unbelievable sight when driving behind an SUV on the highway. Nicole Hubbard was returning home to South Carolina from a vacation in Florida with her boyfriend when they spotted a dog in a very dangerous position. The beagle mix was inside a small airline crate attached to the rear bumper of a Dodge Durango. The vehicle was traveling 70 mph on the highway in Georgia...
Read more

Touching reunion when lost dog reunited with owner on Judge Judy (VIDEO)

A small dog named Baby Boy certainly helped Judge Judy come to a decision, when he ran to his crying owner's side in court. Baby Boy had escaped his backyard and was taken in by a stranger who unwittingly purchased the dog from someone on the street. Baby Boy's original owner and the woman came to Judge Judy to decide who the dog belongs to.   Related: Family's emotional reunion with their beloved dog missing...
Read more

Comments on this Article

» View all comments

Add Your Comment!

Log in to leave a comment or Create an account

Spring Sale on T-Shirts

Must See

Follow DogHeirs

Also find us on: DogHeirs on Twitter DogHeirs on Pinterest DogHeirs on Instagram DogHeirs on Google+

Copyright 2015 DogHeirs