Adoption falls through for dog who disappeared from event

Published: Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:24 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2014 at 2:25 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The adoption application filed for a puppy who was located nearly an hour away from an event organizers believed he was stolen from has fallen through.

On Sunday Huckleberry, an 8-week-old beagle mix, appeared at Derby City Dog Rescue's adoption event, Mutts @ Mike's, across from Mike Linnig's off Cane Run Road.

A family had submitted an application to adopt the pup, but then the search for a forever home turned into a search for Huckleberry after Derby City Dog Rescue officials said he went missing from the event.

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News of Huckleberry's disappearance quickly spread on social media. A Facebook page called "Bring Huckleberry Home Safe" was created and shortly after had more than 750 likes.

Several people even offered up a reward for Huckleberry to be returned.

Monday evening Derby City Dog Rescue spokesman Jeff Duff got good news. Huckleberry was found almost an hour away near Brandenburg. Duff said a young girl told him she picked up Huckleberry close to the event and took him home. Then her father posted an ad on a yardsale website about a lost dog. Word quickly got back to Duff and he rushed over to pick him up.

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It seemed Huckleberry was finally going to be placed in his forever home when the woman fostering him said the paper work for his adoption fell through.

Huckleberry is now up for adoption once again. Anyone who is interested in learning more about adopting Huckleberry is asked to contact Derby City Dog Rescue by emailing

For more information about Derby City Dog Rescue, click here.

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