The small dog that was allegedly stolen from a home in Desbarats is back with his family.
Benji was reported stolen at the end of August and his story spread on social media and SaultOnline.com at the time. The owner claims the dog was stolen, from her home where she had the dog tied up while on a small vacation. “We had left for a family trip on Thursday morning on the 25th and weren’t returning until Sunday night. Both my dogs were left at home in the care of my In-laws. ” Sky said.
Benji’s story however came with some controversy. As the story went viral on social media, a number of people started posting that the dog was rescued not stolen.
Benji was found Tuesday behind their house in a cornfield with the chain still around his neck.
SaultOnline.com received a note on Tuesday concerning Benji, “This story she
posted on facebook and other sites has been twisted so much there is
no truth to it.”
Some reports to SaultOnline.com indicated that the owner neglected the dog and that’s why Benji was “rescued” by an unidentified person.
The owner (Sky) denied the allegations telling SaultOnline.com ” Opp was called first thing Monday morning as well as the Township office, humane society and it was posted Sunday night all over Facebook. I was in contact with the dog catcher from Johnson Township which I thought took care of all of Desbarats but apparently not. Johnson and Tarbutt are both Desbarats.”
Like a number of dogs, Benji had run off before but the owner says even then, she was out looking for him even though she could barely walk due to an accident earlier in the year. “If I didn’t care for my baby I wouldn’t have wasted my time, when I could barely move no less, looking for him. Our dogs are our babies and are loved so much by us and our children.”
According to the owner, she believes the dog was taken by someone in the Desbarats area but returned the dog once the uproar on social media began. “How dare anyone accuse us of neglect when they apparently had our baby in their back field and left him there, and didn’t say a thing until yesterday, knowing we’ve been looking everywhere for him. There is no way Benji could unbolt himself, someone did and before this, I had no idea who did…now I have an idea.”
Benji is now back home with his family and the owner says Benji lives in the house because he is part of their family. For now the family says it is relieved that Benji is back home ,”we couldn’t be happier!”