Friday, March 22 2013, 11:41 PM CDT
Dog owner reunited with missing pup after being in a coma
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore -- Emotions were running high Friday morning at the Rogue Valley Humane Society when an owner was reunited with her long lost dog.
Jacqualine Kratzer was separated from her dog for six months after a series of unusual circumstances, but it was all over Friday, "it was hope all over again," said Kratzer.
The story of Jacqualine Kratzer and her dog Lilly starts back in September, when Kratzer and her dog were in a serious car accident. The wreck left her with multiple broken bones and a head injury, "they kept me in a coma for a week while I stabilized before they could do the first surgery," she said. While Kratzer recovered she couldn't care for Lilly.
Instead she had friends caring for her pet, "started her little escapade of bouncing around from friend to friend," she said. For a time it worked out but in November the friend caring for Lilly told her the dog was missing, "she has ran away and the friend had looked for her but I'm not sure if that story's true anymore," Kratzer said.
According to Humane Society employees, Lilly was brought to them as an owner surrender and they never knew Lilly's real owner was still out there looking for her. Not until Kratzer's family members saw Lilly on the news did she know the dog could be alive and well at the shelter. She says tried to keep her hopes low at first in case it wasn't her pup, "confused what dog it was at first but thank goodness it was her," she said. Kratzer knew her dog had a microchip, but because the person who brought Lilly in claimed to be her owner they never checked for a chip.
A dog's nose never lies and for Lilly there was no confusion it was her mom, "it was probably one of the best moments of my life," Kratzer said. She says she may be in the dog house for a while but trusts Lilly is already forgiving her.
Humane Society employees say because of Lilly they're changing their policy and checking all dogs for chips no matter what story they come in with.