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Tika, a three year old purebred Siberian Husky has been given a second chance thanks to the Lethbridge Animal Shelter. When Animal Control Officer, Steve Pothegadoo got a call from a local vet clinic about a dog that was set to be euthanized, he said that the Animal Shelter would take her into their care so that she didn’t have to be euthanized. That is when they learned she was micro-chipped.
The Animal Shelter scans every pet that comes into their care to see if they have been micro-chipped, hopeful that they can get these cats or dogs back to their owners. In this case, that is exactly what happened. Well, sort of. The phone number on file was no longer in service, but there was also breeder information on file. By contacting the breeder, they were able to track down the owner Nevada Helgeson of Coaldale and he was reunited with his dog after more than a year.
Although Nevada is not exactly sure what his dog has been through in the past year, he is happy to have her back and won’t let her go anywhere again. Their whole family is happy to have her home.
“She is fitting in well with the rest of the family,” said Helgeson. “We had her out running around with the other dogs and swimming in the pond.”
He said that there have been some changes in Tika, but she is more or less the same dog they fell in love with as a puppy and they are already planning their future with her.
The Animal Shelter has a universal micro-chip scanner that recognizes different brands of micro-chips. They encourage all residents to have their dogs micro-chipped and also licensed.
“If a dog comes into our care, we want nothing more than to be able to return him or her back to the owner,” says Animal Control Officer Steve Pothegadoo. “Micro-chips and dog licenses ensure that we can.”