In Brandon, Florida, Michele Westenzweig hasn’t found a way to explain to her eight-year-old son Zack why the family’s dog is not coming home, reports Channel10News.
Young Zack is autistic and also suffers from social anxiety disorder and seizures. The child and the six-year-old Weimaraner dog, named Delilah had a special bond. The dog had been specially trained to detect seizures. “She would pace and would go crazy and start making noises and circling him, and I knew that Zack was in trouble,” stated Michele.
And so it happened in August when the single mom of three boys moved from Alabama to Brandon. Unfamiliar and nervous about her new home, Delilah took off running within a few days of the family’s move. Michele looked all over for her dog, and every weekend the family would visit the closest shelter hoping to find their beloved dog. Weeks and months went by, but there was no trace of Delilah. When one day, Michele had been browsing the lost and found pages of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, she spotted her dog. “I got so excited. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh! She’s there!” yelled Michele, but all that happiness was soon to be snuffed out. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay said the dog had no microchip nor wore any identification tags. In other words, Delilah had already been adopted to another family, and the new adopters refuse to return the dog to young Zack.
Six years later, Delilah is no longer part of an eight-year-old child’s life. Although the Humane Society feels awful for Zack, the rules of the county dictate dogs with no identification are made available for adoption after three days. According to Inside Edition, Michele claims Delilah had identification on her, but someone must have removed it. She just wants the new family to see Zack and Delilah interact to realize the bond the boy and this dog have together. “I just want them to be reunited, even one time. I think if she saw the bond between Delilah and Zack she would change her mind.” Local attorney Barry Cohen has agreed to work with Michele and her children to try and find a resolution.
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