Missing Alberta dog found in Okanagan

Jasmine was found in Vernon and returned to her family in Alberta

Some compassionate dog control officers have reunited a family.

Jasmine the dog is back with Dawn Dixon and her family in Carvel, Alta. (not far from Stony Plain outside of Edmonton) after being found in Vernon.

“We just wanted to send you a thank you for returning Jasmine to us,” said Dixon in a letter to dog control and the Regional District of North Okanagan. “We had given up hope that we would find her after she managed to get out of the yard in early December.”

In late March, Jasmine, a 10-year-old border collie, was found wandering Vernon without a license.

“Dog control checked her for identification, found a microchip and contacted the registered owner in Alberta. The owner, however, was out of the country and unable to retrieve voice mail until several days later,” said Leah Mellott, with RDNO.

“Jasmine had already been in the pound for five days when an individual showed up to claim ownership, stating that a friend had found the dog in Alberta.”

According to Mellott, dog control officers refused to release Jasmine as they suspected these individuals were not the rightful owners.

Shortly after that, contact was made with Dixon.

“You can’t imagine our surprise and shock to get a call that she was found, and that she was almost 800 kilometres away,” said Dixon in her letter.

“If you and your team hadn’t scanned her chip, she may never have made it home. She is home now and everyone is happy to have her back.”

North Okanagan residents are encouraged to lend a hand when they see a lost dog.

“If you find a lost dog, call dog control at 250-545-8070 so we can help reunite the dog with its rightful owner,” said Mellott.