User Login    
 + Register
TV Banner
News : Lab Walks 30 Miles To Previous Owner, But Family Won't Take Dog Back
Posted by Randy on 2014/8/1 4:11:25 (439 reads) News by the same author

WICHITA, KS (KCTV) - Lady has had a tough life in recent months, but a Florida heiress who loves animals is vowing to make the lab's golden years truly happy.
Click to see original Image in a new window

The grizzled black lab made national headlines when she walked 30 miles to return home to owners who had given her up and refused to take her back.

As word spread on social media, heartbroken dog fans swamped the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter telephone line as they sought to adopt the older dog.

After learning of her plight, Wrigley Gum heiress Helen Rich Rosburg flew a private jet to Kansas on Thursday to whisk the dog to her Florida sanctuary for neglected animals.

The dog tale goes back to 2012. Lady, who has also been called Ma Kettle, saw her owner die in 2012. No one wanted the dog so she wound up at the shelter in Sedan, KS.

Shelter worker Kelsey Loyd told KWCH-TV on Thursday that a family adopted Lady. She was living a good life, but was rough with the family's puppy and didn't get along well with little dogs.

So the family returned the dog to the shelter. Earlier this summer, a woman in Independence, KS, adopted Lady.

But Lady's desire to return to her previous owner was overwhelming. She escaped from her Independence home and the aged arthritic dog walked 30 miles to Sedan.

The family with the little dogs wouldn't take her back. And the Independence woman also decided she didn't want Lady back.

So back to the shelter she went with an uncertain future.

Cindy Barclay Powell posted about the dog she called Ma on Facebook, begging for someone to adopt the animal.

"The senior lab walked nearly 30 miles to come home," Powell wrote on Facebook. "Is there anyone out there who can give this girl a home? She may not have many years left. She is spayed, house broken, leash trained, mellow, having problems walking (so her travels back to Sedan amazed me)."

Powell's post was shared nearly 7,000 times across Facebook. It went viral after Examiner.com picked up the story on Wednesday.

Rosburg, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the famous gum, is a self-described animal lover. She has used a portion of her inheritance to help neglected and abandoned animals. She has built a 120-acre farm in Odessa, FL, that houses 300 animals including rabbits, pigs and goats. She even built an on-site home for a trainer to work with dogs dealing with behavioral issues. She reportedly has a staff of 15 to care for the animals, and eventually adopts out some of the animals or they are trained to be service dogs.

When Rosburg learned about Lady's plight, she stepped in. The plane was sent to Independence and a car ride was made Thursday afternoon to Sedan to pick up the tail-wagging Lady.

Rosburg has vowed to give Lady a pampered life, and she will join the cats and dogs already inside Rosburg's home.

The heiress has made headlines before for helping out dogs in need.

When a Marine was facing losing his two dogs because he couldn't fly them on commercial flights to his new base, Rosburg chartered a plane to take the dogs to him.

Lady's misfortune has also garnered a new home for a dog at the Sedan shelter. A woman who heard about Lady went to the shelter to see about adopting her. Once she got there and learned that Lady had already gotten a new forever home, the lady adopted a similar-looking lab.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/10/2 7:48:15 - Mail Carrier Allegedly Hoarded More Than 40,000 Letters
2014/10/2 7:46:26 - Woman Spends A Month In Jail After Cops Mistake SpaghettiOs For Meth
2014/10/2 4:50:00 - Why No One Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics
2014/10/2 4:47:08 - How Facebook's New Ad Network Tracks Customers
2014/10/2 4:38:58 - Where The Heck Is My Spare Tire?
2014/10/2 4:21:58 - 19-Year-Old Missouri Student Found Dead In Fraternity House
2014/10/2 4:19:20 - Adding Solar, Wind Power Expected To Benefit Ameren Customers
2014/10/2 4:09:03 - Legislative Leader Wants Missouri Lottery Put To A Vote
2014/10/2 4:03:04 - Free Birth Control Cuts Teen Pregnancy, Abortions
2014/10/2 3:57:40 - Missouri Man On Death Row Says Cell Tracing Unfair
2014/10/1 15:20:00 - Princeton Tiger Coaches Shows For Wednesday, 10/1/14
2014/10/1 14:55:15 - Texas Girl Kidnapped 12 Years Ago At Age 4 Found Alive In Mexico
2014/10/1 10:18:30 - Trenton Fire Department Dispatched To Trenton Businesses
2014/10/1 10:14:11 - Princeton Resident Charged With Failure To Appear
2014/10/1 6:52:11 - Reporter Spots Missing Boy While Covering Child's Disappearance, Reunites Him With Family
2014/10/1 6:37:02 - Archaeologists Discover 'Dracula's Dungeon' In Turkish Castle
2014/10/1 6:28:30 - Islamic State Beheads Seven Men, Three Women In Syria
2014/10/1 4:30:00 - 200 Jobs To Be Added To Expanding Company In St. Joseph
2014/10/1 4:26:15 - Sexbots Are On The Way
2014/10/1 4:20:14 - Suddenlink To Pull Channels In Pricing Dispute
2014/10/1 4:14:49 - Police: Missouri Man Bound, Beat Girlfriend
2014/10/1 4:09:48 - NFL: Referees Should Not Have Penalized Abdullah For Muslim Prayer
2014/10/1 4:04:42 - California Becomes First State To Ban Plastic Bags
2014/10/1 4:00:10 - Ebola Case Stokes Concerns In Texas
2014/9/30 12:00:00 - Gilman City (Pattonsburg) Coaches Shows For Tuesday, 9/30/14
2014/9/30 10:40:00 - Kansas City Chiefs Wallop New England, Improve To 2-2
2014/9/30 10:24:24 - In Advance Of Postseason Play, Royals Announce Wild Card Game Roster
2014/9/30 10:20:00 - Knox County Wins Schuyler Softball Tournament, Milan Finishes 1-2
2014/9/30 10:05:40 - Mizzou Rallies For SEC-Opening Win At South Carolina, 21-20
2014/9/30 10:02:00 - NW Missouri State Wins At Central Oklahoma, 36-13



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM