Yorkie Reunited After Missing 1 Year

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First State Animal Center and SPCA’s Delaware Animal Care and Control (DEACC) officers work diligently to reunite strays with their owners through identification tags and microchips as the staff in the adoption center works with the community members who also turn in strays. They post pictures of lost dogs on the organization’s website, Facebook page and also on Craig’s List. Although accounts of lost animals continue throughout the first state, the story of Monty/Louie/Dolce is a special one.

The Yorkshire terrier went missing nearly a year ago in New Jersey, and ended up at the First State Animal Center and SPCA (FSAC-SPCA) after a DEACC officer was able to track him back to the Soto family in the Garden State. Potential owner Shelly Harvey, a Dover resident, had been caring for the dog since he came to her as ‘Monty’ about eight months ago, after a friend found him as a stray and could not keep him. Ms. Harvey, who changed the dog’s name to ‘Louie’, cared for him as if he were her own, thinking he was simply a stray that she took in after her friend could no longer care for him. Ms. Harvey had even made plans with her own veterinarian to have Louie neutered.

After a fateful evening walk around Ms. Harvey’s yard just this past Sunday night, all that changed. The dog, a three-year-old Yorkie, ran off to a neighbor’s house down the street, who not knowing who the dog belonged to, kept him overnight and called DEACC on Monday morning. DEACC picked up the little dog, and found out he was registered to Oneida Soto in New Jersey, who had filled out a lost report with the local police department when their dog went missing last October. Ms. Soto, and the little Yorkie, whose real name was ‘Dolce’, were reunited on Tuesday, September 23 at the First State Animal Center and SPCA headquarters in Camden, DE.

“Because of the dog’s micro-chip, we were able to find the rightful owner, call her and re-unite her with the dog, whose name was originally Dolce,” said J. Kevin Usilton, Executive Director, of the FSAC-SPCA, which oversees Delaware Animal Care and Control for the state. “It is so important for families to get that micro-chip for their animals, which they can do at our bi-monthly vaccination and micro-chip clinics.”  A vaccination and micro-chip clinic is scheduled for Monday, September 29 at the Camden location as dogs and cats can be micro-chipped for $25.

Mrs. Soto said that everyone in her family is very happy that they are all reunited.  “Dolce is doing great, he’s settling in so well, and he is playing with his buddy Lily, another Yorkie we have. We’ve been looking for him for almost a year, we are thrilled we have him back.”

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship. Individuals interested in adopting an animal, are urged to visit the shelter to meet them in person or call ahead at 302-698-3006 to find out more about them. The Kent County SPCA is located at 32 Shelter Circle in Camden, DE 19934.  Donations are accepted online through Paypal at and all donations to the Kent County SPCA are tax deductible.

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