UPDATE: Deaf Woman Wants Lost Dog Back from its New Family

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

5/28/2013 9:57 AM DENMARK, Wis. (AP) -- A woman from northeastern Wisconsin is fighting to get her dog back after he ran away and was adopted by another family.

For Susan Heezen, the dog, Bear, is more than a companion. He helps her in her daily life since she's deaf and Bear has learned some basic sign language.

When Bear went missing from his Denmark area home in March, Heezen contacted the Brown County Sheriff's Department and later placed an online ad about his disappearance. Bear ended up at the Lakeshore Humane Society in Manitowoc where he was placed for adoption after an 8-day waiting period.

Heezen eventually found out Bear had been taken to the shelter and was adopted by a family. Press-Gazette Media says Heezen asked the shelter to contact the new family, which rejected her request to give up the dog.


5/27/2013 4:21 PM - A deaf Wisconsin woman who lost her dog in March is fighting to get it back -- after she learned it went to a shelter and was adopted by another family.

Susan Heezen says that her 5-year-old dog Bear helped her in her daily life. Bear is not a trained service dog, but learned basic sign language and could follow some commands.

Heezen, of Denmark, found out weeks after Bear disappeared that it was at a shelter 23 miles away, and had been adopted. The Lakeshore Humane Society says Bear didn't have an ID tag or a microchip to identify its owner.

Due to privacy laws, Heezen doesn't know who adopted bear. But she's going public with her situation, in hopes of getting Bear back.

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