Dog lost in Indiana tornado returned to original owners

11:48 AM, Dec 17, 2013   |    comments
Madison,10, of Indiana seen with Rosco. (Photo: Photo by Kyla Robinson)
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Rosco is going home.

The dog's owner, Kyla Robinson, was contacted by officials from the Clinton County (Ind.) Humane Society on Tuesday. They said Rosco's adoptive owner was moved by Robinson's plea to return the dog, who was lost and then adopted after an Indiana tornado in November.

Robinson is thankful for the outpouring of support shown by Indiana community members in the hours after her story about the adoptive owner's refusal to give back the dog made headlines.

But she wants the public to know that the adoptive owner should not be the subject of any harsh judgment because of her initial decision to keep Rosco.

"This lady does have a heart, and she was just thinking of her children, too," Robinson said of the adoptive owner. "It's not her fault that Rosco went missing, and I am so thankful that she is giving Rosco back."

Madison Robinson, 10, and her family returned to their home in Mellott, Ind. on Nov. 17 to find their house badly damaged by a tornado - and their dog, Rosco, missing. The dog had been tied up outside the Robinsons' home during the storm.

Within days, the dog was found wandering about 45 miles away from home, without any identification, and was turned over to a shelter. Five days later, according to the shelter's policies, Rosco was offered out for adoption, and was promptly taken in by a new family.

A neighbor who opted to help the Robinsons find Roscoe posted information about the missing dog on Facebook. Someone seeing the post contacted the shelter and Tate, in turn, called Kyla Robinson on Dec. 6 to explain that Rosco was fine but had been placed in a new home.

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