A San Diego woman who battled cancer was reunited with her dog who went missing two and a half years ago.
Kameroun Mares was getting chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2013 when she got Semper as a puppy.
Mares named the husky after the Latin words “always faithful”. True to his name, Semper remained faithful to his owner even after getting separated for years.
In 2016, Kameroun traveled to California from Florida, leaving Semper in the care of her then roommate. But while out west she received word that Semper had gone missing.
“For a year, I continued searching while in California, posting up fliers via pet sites, calling 15 vet places around were I used to live over there about him, calling the humane societies about him, shelters,” Mares said. “[I] posted info about him on Facebook, lost dog forums, and pages and groups. Every day I waited for a phone call about someone finding him … His microchip is registered to me since he was 3 months [old] … yet I received nothing. I was worried sick about him, and missed him dearly.”
She reached out to Ana Campos, a private investigator for more help. That’s when Campos learned something strange. Kameroun had registered Semper with AKC Reunite – a service connected to his microchip.
She went to the humane society in May 2017 and they checked online … That is when she discovered that a year earlier, on April 11, 2016, a woman added her name to Semper’s chip,” Campos told The Dodo.
The other microchip company didn’t bother to check to see whether Semper’s chip had an owner already registered on it. Campos dug further and found that someone had listed Semper on Craigslist for $200. That’s why Kameroun had never found him – he had been “flipped”.
According to Campos, it was Kameroun’s roommate who sold Semper. “He was stolen and sold by her roommate 2 1/2 years ago,” Campos wrote on Facebook. “She was told he was lost on April 30, 2016. But on April 11, 2016 the buyer added their name to his AKC Reunite ‘registered chip’. They registered this registered chip on Petkey pets instead. Petkey pets did not bother to see if he was chipped already.”
After a lawyer was retained, a judge ruled in Kameroun’s favor and Semper was retrieved from the person who bought him, and returned to Kameroun.
Finally after 2.5 years of searching and hoping to find him, Kameroun was about to be reunited with Semper.
“When I finally saw him and stuff like that I broke down crying,” she said. “When I finally have him back, the pain of 2.5 years is now healing.”
Mares says she is so grateful to the pet detective who helped find Semper.
“Some people see their dogs as companions or whatever, but I don’t,” said Mares. “He’s an extension of myself and a piece of my heart.”
Here is a video of that emotional moment.