A story about the dog’s disappearance appeared in Friday’s Burlington County Times, and another story in the paper on Sunday reported that Midnight had been found alive.
Actually, Midnight had been found dead on Thursday evening — before the first story even appeared – apparently struck by a car, according to Delran police. The dog’s body was returned to the pet store Thursday night.
On Thursday afternoon, store manager Josh Salyer said the dog was being walked outside when it slipped out of its collar and crossed a busy six-lane highway. The store offered a $500 reward for Midnight’s return.
On Friday, the Burlington County Times says that when it called to get an update on the dog, it was told by Salyer that Midnight had been safely located and returned.
A story to that effect appeared in the paper Sunday — and, though they knew by then their dog was dead, owner Monifa Wilson and her daughter received text messages all day long congratulating them on the dog being found.
Wilson, of Delanco, called the newspaper Monday to inform it that Midnight was dead, and that the corpse had been in the pet store’s freezer since Thursday.
The Burlington County Times ran an article yesterday about the mix-up.
The Times says when it contacted the store Friday the manager said: “I was just notified that he was found a few blocks away. He’s OK … We’re ecstatic, and thanks to all the people who helped search.”
Barbara Johnson, general manager with the Pets Plus chain, based in Fairless Hills, Pa., denied that Salyer said the dog was alive, and said he was merely thanking the community for helping in the search.
“That’s all it was,” she said. “The only thing Josh was happy about was that the search was over, and he wanted to thank all those who helped. We weren’t trying to spread any mistruths.”
Posted by jwoestendiek November 2nd, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Tiger Woods’ attorneys apparently growled loudly enough to dissuade PETA from using the troubled golfer’s image in a public service announcement for spaying and neutering.
So now the organization is considering using South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford instead as their roll in the hay model.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals planned to put up billboards bearing Woods’ face and the slogan, “Too much sex can be a bad thing … for little tigers too. Help keep cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always spay or neuter!”
After lawyers for the golfer threatened to sue if his image was used, PETA set its sites on Sanford for a similar billboard, with the possible tagline: “Your dog doesn’t have to go to South America to get laid,” the New York Post reports.
The ad campaign is aimed at preventing millions of abandoned cats and dogs from being euthanized at shelters each year.
PETA now intends to poke fun at Sanford, who flew to Buenos Aires last year for a romantic assignation with someone other than his wife — when he claimed to be hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 2nd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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