NC dad says rescue group wrongfully gave away daughter’s lost dog

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Ryan Williams’ family isn’t complete without a few furry members. But now, one beloved pup is gone.

“We figured somebody probably picked him up because he got lost with his harness and his leash on,” he says.

Williams says they just had bulldog Zeus for four days when, during a family outing for some ice cream, he broke free.

“He got spooked somehow, and he got out of her hand,” he says. “And he kind of like ran out in the street.”

Williams reported Zeus missing to CMPD’s Animal Care and Control.

“Every day we went to the animal shelter, we called, we did everything we were supposed to do,” he says.

A few weeks later, Williams posted on Facebook, asking the community for help.

“I woke up at 12:00 that night, and I had like 18 messages,” he says.

These messages were from people pointing him to a rescue group’s page, called, “The Crazy Dog House.” It works with the Greater Charlotte SPCA.

Just a few days after Zeus was reported missing – this group had advertised the dog as adoptable on its Facebook page.

Williams called them.

“They’re like, ‘Do you still want him?’” he says. “I’m like, ‘Yes, he’s still part of the family, regardless of what you did.’”

But the Williams family then learned it was too late – Zeus had been adopted by another family.

“We actually sat there days crying, frustrated,” he says.

Williams says he’s not sure what to say now, to his 5-year-old little girl.

“That was actually her dog,” he says. “And she asked about him every day, so it’s like, what are we supposed to tell her.”

He says the family is no longer hearing back from The Crazy Dog House, or from the SPCA.

“If we have to take matters further, we will,” he says. “But we just want our dog back at this point in time.”

WBTV contacted the SCPA to see if they’d answer any questions – they told us, ‘No comment.” A volunteer did tell our reporter they are now working with attorneys about this case.

Animal Care and Control said Monday, agencies like the SPCA are required to report any animal found. They never received a found report for this dog.

Animal Care and Control also adds that an agency must wait 14 days after finding a dog to allow it to be adopted.

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