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Off base: Fort Knox won’t help return dog

A Kentucky mother of seven wants to gets something more precious than gold back — her dog — but Fort Knox is standing in the way.

Kim Church, of Radcliff, wants the army base to return her family’s 2-year-old Weimaraner, Riley, who was impounded in mid-June after either wandering onto, or being taken to, the secure base.

Fort Knox’s stray animal facility sold the dog to a new owner 11 days after she was picked up by military police, according to the Press-Enterprise, in Hardin County, Kentucky.

The dog disappeared from the family’s yard. Her tags — but not her pink collar — were found in the yard.

Church said she searched all over town for Riley, called city and county pounds and put an ad on Craigslist. A caller notified her that she saw a dog that looked like Riley at the Fort Knox PX, where the post was hosting a pet adoption fair.

The post’s animal shelter is not open to the public —  like much else at Fort Knox. Instead, it adopts out animals through PetFinder.com and adoption fairs.

Church said she called the facility, but post officials cited HIPAA — the same federal law which prevents hospitals from disclosing patient information – and refused to shed any light on Riley’s whereabouts.

A spokeswoman told the newspaper that a Weimeraner was found by military police and was taken to the pound, bu twould not release any information about the new adoptive owner.

Church filed a report with Radcliff police, claiming her dog was stolen. She’s launched a Facebook page to rally support for her cause and posted an updated advertisement on Craigslist, explaining the details of Riley’s disappearance and subsequent adoption.

“The vet told me I’d have to take this to the Pentagon,” Church said. “If that’s what it takes. …”

(An update on this story can be found here.)


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time July 9, 2010 at 9:43 am

Gee, the BS-O-Meter is reading off the scale on this one. HIPAA? And the last time I checked, dogs didn’t have thumbs, which pretty much means they can’t take off their tags if they decide to run off on their own. If she has enough money, she needs to lawyer up. Otherwise, she needs to to gain the interest of her senator or representative. Seems to me that commanders of Army posts probably don’t like hearing from Washington that their subordinates are incompetent liars.

Comment from Sam
Time July 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

I know here in Arizona you can lawfully keep or adopt a found dog. I wonder if that is the same thing happening there? Either way, it doesn’t seem fair!


Comment from Sue
Time July 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

According to their Facebook page they’re gotten their dog back. Incredible story.