Thursday, December 22, 2011
Bryan Animal Center, Hortons reunite family with dog
The Bryan Animal Center and Bryan Councilmember Ann Horton and her family are teaming together to bring a family back together just in time for Christmas.
The story started several days ago when a 6-7 month old, white pit bull named Cruz ended up at the Bryan Animal Center. Cruz was found by a Bryan resident who called the City of Bryan’s animal authorities to have him picked up. Cruz was wearing a collar which had a rabies vaccination tag attached, so after a few phone calls it was determined that Cruz belonged to Cynthia Rodriguez’s family – in Oklahoma City!
No one is sure how Cruz ended up in Bryan, but Rodriguez made it clear she and her family wanted him home, and Bryan Animal Center staff began working on finding a solution. Rodriguez was unable to make the six hour drive to reclaim her pet, so a volunteer would be needed to transport Cruz back to his home.
Bryan Mayor Pro Tem Ann Horton, her husband Robert and her daughter Sara were preparing to transport a different dog from the Bryan Animal Center to the Dallas area on their way to visit family in Oklahoma City for Christmas. When Sara called to make final arrangements with Animal Center staff for that dog, she learned about Cruz’s plight. When the Dallas-area dog found a different ride, the Hortons volunteered to take Cruz back to his owner in Oklahoma City.
The Hortons expect to meet Rodriguez sometime this evening in Oklahoma City, for what is sure to be a happy Christmas-time reunion!
While Cruz has been reunited with his family, there are still many dogs and cats at the Bryan Animal Center that are waiting to be adopted. The Animal Center will be closed for Christmas from Dec. 23-26, but will re-open on Tuesday, Dec. 27 to conclude the free adoption event that will last through Friday, Dec. 30. Please visit the Animal Center at 2207 Finfeather or online at BryanAnimalCenter.com!
Photo 1: Bryan Animal Center employee Teresa Saling walks Cruz on the Center grounds
Photo 2: The Hortons pose next to Cruz before leaving the Bryan Animal Center on Thursday
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