As reported by the Chicago Tribune, 21-year-old college student Kramer was taking Leila, her beloved pet of two years, out for a walk last month when the beagle got loose of her leash and ran away.
Distraught, Kramer passed out fliers, put ads on Craigslist and in the Chicago Reader, and called several animal shelters, including the Anti-Cruelty Society. The lost dog had a microchip with her, so Kramer was informed that she would be called if Leila was found.
While searching through online listings of dogs up for adoption, Kramer found a picture of Leila. The beagle was up for adoption at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Despite the microchip, Kramer had never been called.
Kramer arrived on Sunday at the shelter to claim her dog, but the staff told her Leila had been adopted by another family.
Fortunately, the new owners have agreed to return Leila to Kramer. As an apologetic gesture, the Anti-Cruelty society has offered the family a free adoption for another pet.