VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Washington state firefighter has returned home from battling fires for three weeks to learn that his dog has been adopted by another family.
KOIN reported that William Jones owned his dog Hunter for about a year. He said the two would go hunting together and he even called Hunter his “best friend.”
Jones said he left to fight a fire and he left his dog with a friend because he would be gone for a few weeks.
When he returned, Jones said his friend told him that the dog jumped a fence and went missing.
Jones said he called an animal shelter and was told that the dog was adopted to another family.
The Humane Society said the new family adopted the dog legally and there was nothing they could do.
Humane Society President Stacey Graham said when animal control found the dog and brought him to the shelter, there was no way to contact the owner.
“It was a heartbreaking ending to something that really could have been prevented,” Graham said. “Hunter had no tags, no microchip and no license.”
Graham said micro-chipping is the only way to know for certain that a lost dog’s owner can be found.
Hunter was held for the legal amount of time and then put out for adoption where he was legally adopted by another family.
The Humane Society said they reached out to the new family and the family said they have bonded with the dog and are keeping him.