ONLY ON 8: Missing dog connects two families

LAS VEGAS - Patricia Rottler got the call this morning that 5-month-old Luna had been found.

 

"I was hesitant. I was like I don't think so and then he was like it's her. They have the tattoo,” said Rottler. 

 

Luna was found in the same apartment complex where Lion Fludd, the man who was supposed to be taking care of her, lives. It's still unclear how she got away, but 8 News NOW knows what happened afterwards.

 

"She was so excited that she was actually crying. As soon as she got in her car she smelled her blanket and she was like super happy,” Rottler said. “She was like everything looks familiar now.” 

 

The Rottler's paid a man named Lion Fludd $500 to train their German Shepherd. According to the Rottler’s, he took the money, the dog, and then stopped answering their calls. 

 

A family in Henderson found Luna on Tuesday and has been taking care of her since then. Barbara didn't want to show her face on camera, but she agreed to sit down and talk about what happened. 

 

"My son reached out to me and said 'Mom, I found a dog...can I bring her home?” Barbara said.

 

Barbara has three sons named Joseph, Jordan, and Jacob. 

 

"When she was found she was in a pool area in the rain, shivering from the cold,” Rottler said. “The son that found her said I don't know what it is mom, but I need to take this dog home with me."

 

Luna was locked inside of the apartment complex pool area. One of Barbara’s sons, Joseph, brought her to the leasing office and no one could identify her owner. 

 

Luna was a light for Barbara’s family too. Their father passed away last week. Once Barbara put the pieces together, she wrote the Rottler's this message:

 

"She had been left in the rain. My heart goes out to you guys. My kids felt an immediate connection to your lost pup,” Barbara said. “My children's father passed away last week and they, too, feel very lost. I truly feel like she was connected to us for a reason and I want to get her back to her family as soon as possible.”

 

Rottler said that she hopes other dog owners will learn from her mistakes and plans to file a civil lawsuit against Fludd.

 

"That family was so beautiful. I told them I was thankful. I really pray that that family gets so blessed,” Rottler said. 


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