The Bronx woman who was reunited with her lost dog after she spotted him on NBC’s “Today” on Friday was forced to return him earlier this week.
Ruth Torres was separated from her Irish Wolfhound, Dusty, about three weeks ago when her brother took the dog. Torres didn’t know that Dusty was missing until she saw him on a “Today” segment about adopting abandoned dogs.
“The said, ‘Here comes Mooki,’” said Torres, who was shocked to see that Mooki was in fact Dusty, who she believed was with her brother.
In fact, Torres’ brother had left Dusty at a dog run in the Bronx and had never called his sister to inform her.
When he was found, Dusty was not wearing any sort of identification and was not micro chipped, making finding his owners impossible.
When Torres saw Dusty she turned to her mother. “I said, ‘That’s not Mooki! It’s Dusy!’ I said, ‘Oh my God, Mommy, hurry, hurry! Dusty’s on TV.’”
Unfortunately, during the three weeks in which Dusty was missing Torres moved back in with her mother who already owned several animals of her own. When Dusty was introduced into the home he was “too wild” with the other animals according to Torres.
Torres was forced to bring Dusty back to the Animal Care and Control shelter and give him up. A spokesman for the shelter confirmed that the dog was there. He also said that the shelter has already received several calls about the dog and is hopeful that Dusty will find a good home.