Summit County Animal Shelter reunites owner with lost puppy |

Summit County Animal Shelter reunites owner with lost puppy

Sweetheart, a lost pit bull puppy sent to the Summit County Animal Shelter, was reunited with her owner, Danielle Kalvert, of Pueblo, Colo.
Courtesy of the Summit County Animal Shelter |

The Summit County Animal Shelter hosted an unlikely reunion on Saturday. Sweetheart, a white and tan pit bull, was returned to her long-lost owner after a year of separation.

Danielle Kalvert of Pueblo, Colorado, said Sweetheart was stolen from her backyard while she was still a pup. The pit bull was found wandering the streets of Alamosa, and taken in to the Valley Humane League shelter as a stray.

“Sometimes with pit bulls you get a little more concerned, especially in cities where dogfighting is more popular,” Hall said. “Someone might have also just thought it was a cute puppy and just taken it, and not been able to care for it.”

The puppy was kept there for two months, before being transferred to an opening in the Summit County Animal Shelter. While the pit bull was spayed and in good health, Dr. Gretchen Norton conducted an exam, doing a routine scan for a microchip.

Summit County’s shelter implants the tiny, rice-sized chips between the shoulder blades of each adopted pet. When scanned, the chip reads off a number, which is connected to a company database connecting the numbers and owner names.

“We try to recommend this to all the shelters we deal with,” Hall said, adding that the Valley Humane League was looking into getting a scanner. “We have a universal scanner that scans for a multitude of companies, so every dog that comes through gets scanned.”

The scanner beeped, but the number that popped up was not from one of the shelter’s chips. Shelter operations manager Meg Leroux contacted the microchip company, getting Kalvert’s name and contacting her. Come to pick up her lost pup, Kalvert was in disbelief.

“She said ‘Oh my … the dog was stolen a year ago,’” Hall added. “She was very happy to see her.”

“Besos,” said Kalvert as she greeted the puppy, prompting a smooch on the cheek from Sweetheart.

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