MISSION, Kan. (WDAF) – The owner of a lost dog who ended up at a pet shelter in Kansas says she is struggling to get her pet back.
Jessica Palacio said her dog, named Capone, escaped a few weeks ago and is now at Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, Kansas. She said she had proven the dog to be hers, but the pet rescue was keeping him.
“It hurts because I don’t know if he’s okay,” Palacio said.
She’s worried about her 3-year-old dog since he ran away just before Easter. Palacio said Capone needs daily medication for a serious skin condition.
She and her family spent hours looking for him and posted lost dog alerts in his neighborhood group.
Palacio was relieved when she received an email from Unleashed Pet Rescue.
“On April 4, Easter Sunday, I received an email from Unleashed Pet Rescue informing me that they have my dog,” Palacio said. “Don’t hesitate to come and get him. There will be costs attached.
After speaking to someone about Unleashed on the phone, Palacio said she went to pick up Capone on April 8, with the $ 150 they said she would need to get her dog back.
“They said he wasn’t available… I mean, I had about 15 different stories about why I couldn’t take my dog,” Palacio said. “When I had to come home and tell my daughter that we couldn’t get the dog back, she was upset because it was her baby. It’s everyone’s baby, you know?
WDAF left messages Monday and again Tuesday for Unleashed owner Danielle Reno to comment, but they went unanswered. When asked about the dog, Unleashed employees said Reno was the one to talk to, but added that she was not there.
Palacio said she couldn’t return to the pet shelter because an employee called the police after demanding they release her dog. She said the officers who responded told her there was nothing they could do to help her as this is a civil matter and if she returned to Unleashed she would be arrested for trespassing.
“Just give me back my dog,” Palacio said. “I don’t understand why this is such a tough question for you guys. I guess they thought I was going to give up, but now I’m going to fight. I want my dog at home.
Late Wednesday, Reno responded to WDAF, claiming the dog had been neglected but had tried to return the dog to its owner.