Family Devastated After Their Lost, Microchipped Puppy Was Adopted By Someone Else

A family in Houston, TX is devastated after their lost puppy was found and turned into a rescue – only to be adopted out to someone else.

According to Click2Houston, the little maltese poodle named Byron had escaped their owner’s yard on New Year’s Eve in 2019, two years after they got him.

The family was devastated and did everything they could to find their missing dog, including marking him as missing on their microchip app and posting on Nextdoor, Ring, and other local platforms.

Photo: Facebook/Help Us Bring Byron Home

Despite his microchip being marked as missing, the family was never notified when Byron was found. Instead, the rescue that found him adopted him to another family and wiped his microchip clean!

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