WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. - A dog that ran away on New Year's Eve after getting scared by fireworks was reunited with his owner Wednesday, after a controversy sparked when the dog went home with a stranger after being dropped off at a local veterinarian.
Police said David Harrigan, Edgar's owner, filed a police report Tuesday afternoon. Harrigan found out about 10 p.m. Tuesday that the dog had been turned into the Animal Hospital at Vista Lakes.
Local 6 was there as Harrigan and his family picked up Edgar after they got out of school.
A stranger found Edgar and brought him to the Winter Springs Veterinary Clinic, where the dog's microchip was scanned on Thursday. But no one from the clinic notified Harrigan that his dog had been found. He only found out after getting an email from the microchip company.
An employee at the vet clinic told Local 6 that they gave Harrigan's information to the person who found Edgar instead of calling him directly.
"I think that one person made one bad decision and I don't think that defines who they are," Harrigan said.
The family said the person who found the dog also contacted the Florida Boxer Rescue, which Edgar is also registered to since the family adopted Edgar from years ago. Local 6 reached out to the rescue organization for a comment but never got a return call.
Harrigan says Florida Boxer Rescue told him they had no idea where Edgar was.
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