Annie to be returned to original owner
August 29, 2010
The Arroyo Grande woman who currently has Annie the dog told a reporter Saturday that the family intends to return the dog to her original owner. [Santa Maria Times]
The woman, using the name Sasha Sampson to protect her identity, said in an email that she intends to return Annie, the 8-year-old Australian shepherd, once she has a chance to speak directly to Chuck Hoage in Nipomo.
Explaining the family’s side of the story, Sampson said in her e-mail an Animal Services employee in San Luis Obispo called to ask in July whether they were interested in giving Annie back because the former owner had surfaced.
“I replied, ‘We were very happy with her,’” Sampson said, adding that her husband made the same statement to the Animal Services manager, Dr. Eric Anderson, who visited the house in July to see if the family would consider returning Annie.
The announcement follows an earlier dramatic posting on Facebook Friday night when Sampson lashed out at county officials, Supervisor Adam Hill, The Tribune, and radio talk show host Dave Congalton for how the family has been treated since adopting Annie in July.
When contacted by CalCoastNews Saturday morning, Hoage said he had called Sampson and left a message, asking to meet, but had not yet heard a response.
Verena Maier, the Arroyo Grande businesswoman who has taken an active role in securing the return of Annie to Hoage, declined comment Saturday night. “We are hopeful this information is correct,” she said. “However, we won’t celebrate until Annie is finally home.”