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  • PACC reunites stolen dog with owner in Idaho

    Dec 08, 2015 | Read More News
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    Yorshire TerrierAn Idaho woman is receiving a one-of-a-kind gift, just in time for the holidays, thanks to Pima Animal Care Center.

    PACC will reunite Nampa, Idaho resident, Jaylene Comstock, with her stolen Yorkshire Terrier.

    Comstock filed a police report for the stolen dog with Tucson Police Department (TPD) after receiving a tip from someone that a former friend, who lives in Tucson, stole the dog after visiting with Comstock in Idaho over three months ago. TPD collaborated with PACC enforcement officials during their investigation and found Comstock’s dog, Cooper, at the former friend’s home. 

    Staff at PACC verified the Terrier’s identity using his microchip, which successfully matched him up with Comstock. 

    “I’m going to tell everyone to get their pets microchipped. It is by far the best, most smartest thing I’ve ever done,” said Comstock. 

    Every year, PACC returns thousands of lost pets to their owners. This year alone, PACC has returned 1,867 pets, including 1,768 dogs and 99 cats. 

    “Cooper’s happy ending is just another example of how crucial it is to make sure people get their pets licensed and microchipped,” said Jennifer Neustadter, PACC licensing supervisor. 

    Neustadter has also gone the extra mile to make sure Cooper gets home safe. Together with Comstock, she has worked on making the necessary arrangements to get Cooper on a flight back home, at Comstock’s expense. 

    This afternoon, Neustadter will take Cooper to obtain a health certificate with a third party veterinarian, required for boarding a plane. In addition, she plans to keep Cooper for the night and drive him to Tucson International Airport’s cargo booking area by 5 a.m. tomorrow morning for his departure. 

    “I’m so excited and nervous for him. It’s his first time flying,” said Comstock. Cooper’s flight arrives in Idaho at 3:30 p.m. and though he’s not home just yet, Comstock already had plans for a welcoming celebration this weekend. “He’s like a child to me and I am just so thankful and relieved to be getting him back. I can’t thank everyone in Tucson enough.”