Elgin family searching for dog after Animal Control loses chihuahua

Columbia Animal Control needs your help finding Monroe, a 10-pound chihuahua.
Columbia Animal Control needs your help finding Monroe, a 10-pound chihuahua.(Batts Family)
Updated: Jul. 19, 2019 at 11:03 AM EDT
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ELGIN, S.C. (WIS) - A family in Elgin, S.C. is seeking help to find their dog that was lost by Columbia Animal Control earlier this week.

Jessica Batts said her father let Monroe, the lost 10-pound chihuahua, out in the backyard to use the bathroom and play on Monday.

“I got a report that he had escaped from under the fence,” Batts said.

Batts said she found a hole dug up by the backyard fence and someone called animal control on Monroe.

The dog was dropped off to Animal Services on Monday, the same day it was lost.

She tried to retrieve her dog from animal services, but per procedure, Monroe had to be neutered before he would be given back to the family.

“We went down there with my dad, went down there to pay this money to redeem him and they told us he had to be neutered, and then the next day I called to see how’s my dog and it was explained to me that my dog was missing,” Batts said. “It’s killing me and I’m just trying to stay strong because my mom is in such a fragile state.”

Marian Batts, Jessica’s mom who currently owns the dog, depends on Monroe as an emotional support dog after being diagnosed with breast cancer a year and half ago.

“He helped me,” Marian said. “He motivated me to fight I had to fight and it was hard.”

While her physical battle is over and she is now in remission, the emotional battle of losing a pet who they considered family is just beginning.

Marli Drum, superintendent for Columbia Animal Services said since the dog has escaped, they haven’t been able to find him.

“Whatever kennel he was in, he managed to wiggle his way out somehow,” Drum said. “This is one of those super unfortunate, wow kind of moments, and now we’re just focused on trying to get this little guy back.”

Drum said, in her time at Animal Services, she can’t remember the last time a similar situation that happened. Drum said they are doing what they can to get the dog back to the owners.

“The owners come out to help us search,” Drum said. “We’ve set traps. We’ve got people constantly coming to this area just seeing if we can lay eyes on him at this point.”

Animal Control wants to remind people to keep animals secure and keep a traceable ID on them at all times.

If you see Monroe, the family is asking for you to reach out to Jessica Batts at 803-529-7289.

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