May 17, 2013
Midnight, the Labrador retriever who made headlines for being quarantined when he was found after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, now faces a new problem concerning his future. After more than six months, his owner has stepped up in an effort to reclaim her lost dog. Beacon Norville learned where Midnight was just last week after a news report by ABC7 was aired.
Beacon Norville learned where Midnight was just last week after a news report by ABC7 was aired. Norville’s’ grandmother saw the report and the family contacted the shelter where Midnight was being cared for. The shelter refused to give him back to her.
Midnight, known to Norville as Gucci, formerly lived in Brooklyn with two unaltered female dogs. He escaped the fence where he was being kept when his owner accidentally left the gate open after clearing out some things from the back of her property. Norville told reporters she wasn’t concerned when Midnight first escaped and though he’d come back. Midnight was found quite a few miles from
Norville told reporters she wasn’t concerned when Midnight first escaped and though he’d come back. Midnight was found quite a few miles from home and was placed in quarantine due to a bite to his foot.
Now Norville wants her dog back and says she’ll do whatever is necessary to have him returned to her.
The 5 to 8-year old dog is currently at Save-A-Pet rescue organization, where he’s a hit with both staff and people who want to adopt him. Rob Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, spoke with Midnight’s former owner and did an inspection of her home. He’s not convinced returning home is in the best interest of the dog. Here he found the two unaltered female dogs, along with a thick chain attached to the fence.
Misseri stated in an interview with ABC7 “As a person, I think she’s very very kind. As a dog owner, she’s not so responsible.” The owner has now announced she will do whatever is necessary to get her dog back. “I don’t think [the owner] made enough of an effort to find him, and I’m not sure the dog would be going home to ideal conditions.”
Should Midnight be allowed to return to his former Brooklyn home, Norville would have to agree to spay her other two unaltered dogs. She’d also have to agree to allow Midnight to spend each night inside the home. The owner argued Midnight would rather be outdoors.
This new turn in the case of Midnight and him finding a forever home has raised a lot of questions from those who have followed his story since last October.
Midnight went missing three days before Hurricane Sandy swept through New York. Why did his owner wait six months to come forward? The story of Midnight has been covered at a national level. Would Norville provide the best home? Apparently, the dog wasn’t worth her time to call around to different shelters and rescue groups to see if he’d been found anywhere. Nor was he micro-chipped to make identification easier.
It sounds a lot like Midnight was left to live his own life outside in a back yard with two females who likely went into heat several times a year. Combine this with an owner who didn’t try very hard to find her lost dog, and it brings up concerns that Midnight would be better off with a new family.
According to Save-A-Pet, there have been numerous calls from people wanting to adopt Midnight. People who would welcome him into their home and treat him as a respected family member.
Readers, who do you think has a legal claim to Midnight? Should Norville be given the chance to become a responsible dog owner, or has she already proven by her actions that Midnight needs a better home?