Darryl Lunon purchased a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder in Montana early last year.
|BIBI VON SONNENBERG - LUNON'S PRIDE AND JOY|
He named her Bibi and had big plans for her. Lunon was training her to be a show dog and hoped she would one day breed future show dogs.
Then in February the 10-month old pup ran off Lunon's five acres in east Little Rock.
Lunon called Little Rock and Pulaski county animal control...both said they had not picked her up. He put up flyers everywhere...only to later learn that Pulaski county animal control had picked Bibi up...and delivered her to North Little Rock Animal Control.
But nobody called Lunon.
"They had three different ways,” Lunon told reporters. “There was a collar with her name and my last name and phone number, there was a microchip and then she also had a tattoo in her right ear. And so part of the procedures for North Little Rock and Pulaski county was to look for the collar or a microchip. So Pulaski county failed to do that. And so did North Little Rock."
North Little Rock intake paperwork show that the dog was wearing a red collar when it arrived.
But five days later Bibi was spayed. And a week after that she was adopted.
"My goal now is to get the dog back so I can continue the schitzon training,” says Lunon. “And also...I love the dog. I mean...I am a dog lover. And so I love the dog dearly. And the clubs that I'm in…we all are devastated."
|DARYL LUNON & BIBI|
Lunon says he plans to file suit next week to get Bibi back.
Lunon says he paid over $2,000.00 for his dog from a breeder out of Montana. Bibi’s uncle was a world champion show dog. He estimates the lost breeding fees alone will total tens of thousands of dollars.
We hope that both Pulaski County and North Little Rock Animal Services pays (money and job sanctions) for their colossal screw up.
Lunon might be able to get criminal charges filed using Arkansas Code Annotated § 5-36-105:
Both Pulaski County and North Little Rock Animal Services refused to comment.
Stay tuned for updates.