Palm Harbor woman takes to social media, trying to get her dog back

Pinellas County

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Sarah Kimball is beyond upset, and that’s why she took to Facebook to rally her friends and loved ones.  

Recently, she learned her ex-husband had given the couple’s dog up for adoption.  When she went to the SPCA in Largo, she learned the dog named “Steel” was already adopted out.

Here’s the back story.

Kimball and her ex went through a messy divorce. She moved into a condo where she couldn’t have Steel, so her ex kept him.  In some cases, divorces are somewhat friendly.  This was not one of them.

She had a no-contact order against her ex, so when he decided to put Steel up for adoption, he told her he wasn’t allowed to contact her and let her know.

Kimball was heartbroken when she learned what happened. “Very, very heartbroken and also angry,” said Kimball. “That dog needs so much medical attention, constant medical attention.”

Kimball explains Steel has a skin condition that requires a lot of medication and a lot of care. Despite that, she wants the dog back. “I don’t care how bad his health conditions are,” said Kimball. “I feel like I am his mommy, and mommies know best! ” 

On Facebook, dozens of people have commented on the story and it’s gotten hundreds of shares. Kimball calls the response overwhelming.

“Wow. I can’t believe the outcome and I just have to thank all of these people,” said Kimball.  “(they) have sent us blessings and prayers and have shared my post so many times.”

Because Kimball’s ex-husband had legal custody of Steel, in the eyes of the law he did nothing wrong when he put the dog up for adoption.

Kimball is just hoping someone will see her post or this story and put the dogs new owners in touch with her.  She was hoping the SPCA would help her out with that, but she’s still waiting for her phone to ring.

The SPCA provided a statement on Steel saying: 

Steel was surrendered to SPCA Tampa Bay in early April by the person who owned him for the past seven years. We verified his ownership through our intake process, which includes checking his microchip information. 

SPCA Tampa Bay cares for pets when they need it most. We provided medical attention to return Steel to good health, and he was available for adoption for 27 days before being adopted. His photo and profile were posted to our website and to our social media accounts during the time he was available for adoption. 

SPCA Tampa Bay followed the appropriate processes to care for this pet, and found a family who will love and care for him. 

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