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Woman discovers her supposedly euthanized puppy is still alive and ready for adoption

BALTIMORE, MD – Kristie Pereira was shocked to find her once desperately ill puppy, presumed euthanized, alive and ready for adoption, almost a year after she gave him up to a shelter in Maryland.

In late 2022, Pereira adopted a two-month-old dog mix named Beau from the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Maryland for $450. The puppy quickly became a beloved companion and stayed by her side while she worked from home. However, Beau soon showed health problems that a vet attributed to a likely neurological condition, although liver problems were also suspected.

Despite treatment efforts, Beau’s condition worsened, leading Pereira to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender him for euthanasia due to what appeared to be an untreatable condition.

Imagine her surprise when she discovered that Beau was not only still alive, but available for adoption through the same organization where he was initially adopted. Pereira, who now lives in San Antonio, is trying to win her beloved pet back, saying, “I have a lot of questions, but first and foremost I want him back with me.”

The rescue’s veterinarians found no neurological problems with the dog. After diagnostic tests revealed liver disease, the dog underwent $7,000 surgery, funded by a GoFundMe campaign, and was subsequently declared healthy.

Pereira contacted the rescue to get her puppy back and expressed her willingness to cover the cost of surgery to retrieve her dog, but was met with significant resistance. The interactions with rescue personnel were fraught with accusations of abandonment and negligence, which Pereira found deeply disturbing.

A spokesperson for the rescue defended their decision not to return Beau to Pereira, citing the policy against rehoming animals to previous owners who had surrendered them. The rescue insists their priority is to save dogs from euthanasia and ensure they are safe for community adoption.

The case has left Pereira without recourse, as the rescue refuses to reconsider their position, and Montgomery County Animal Services, which originally accepted Beau’s surrender, maintains that they are contractually obligated to follow the rescue’s policies.

As of now, Beau remains available for adoption, while Pereira struggles with the emotional and legal complexities of trying to regain custody of her former companion.

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