Microchipped dog a mystery to animal hospital


by Stella Inger


Posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 8:54 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There's mystery surrounding a dog found wandering the streets of Glendale, and a local animal hospital is doing its part to find the owner.

An American Eskimo named Prince was found on Aug. 10 around the area of 79th Avenue and Country Gables Drive. Someone brought the 3-year-old into Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital where employees have been doing their best to find his owners.

"He just immediately comes up to you and smiles and wants to be hugged and scratched," said Dr. Tom Pfafman.

Prince has a microchip, but according to the microchip company HomeAgain, his information is missing.

"I've never heard of this before, it's really odd that these circumstances occurred," Pfafman said. "All of his information was deleted 24 hours before he was lost."

It's not clear how or why that happened, but Pfafman and his staff are sharing Prince's story just in case the owner is looking for him. They've even posted a picture of him on their Facebook page, which has no shortage of families wanting to adopt. In fact, the post has been viewed by nearly 80,000 people.

"People have called us from North Carolina and Texas wanting to adopt him, but we want someone from here to adopt him," Pfafman said. "We would like to manage his care for the rest of his life."

The veterinarian has picked Krsytle Marie to foster him for now. She'll get to keep him if no one comes forward. She's excited because her American Eskimo, Duke, died in July.

"I do believe things happen for a reason and just as much as I need him he needs me. We'd be great together," Marie said.