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Family: Animal shelter won't return dog after being found

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Flash the Beagle was returned to the shelter he was adopted from after he went missing. (Courtesy: Facebook) Flash the Beagle was returned to the shelter he was adopted from after he went missing. (Courtesy: Facebook)
The Krekstein family is hoping the shelter will return their beloved family pet back to them. (Courtesy: Facebook) The Krekstein family is hoping the shelter will return their beloved family pet back to them. (Courtesy: Facebook)
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. -

A Pennsylvania family is livid and confused after their adopted beagle went missing, was found, and not given back to them by the shelter he was taken to.

According to WCAU-TV, Flash, who the family adopted two years ago, escaped the Kreksteins home when a contractor left a door open.

The family said they called the police and ASCPA when Flash disappeared. Both agencies were informed that Flash was microchipped, and both assured the family they'd get a call when their dog was found.

Instead, when Flash was found a few days later, he was sent to Main Line since the microchip was registered in their name.

The shelter then called Rob Krekstein to notify them Flash was found.

The executive director, however, then sent the family an email saying they were taking possession of the dog because they violated the adoption agreement.

According to Main Line, the family failed to call the animal shelter and notify them that their dog went missing, which is required under the adoption contract.  The shelter also said the family was not properly caring for him.

Rob Krekstein noted that they technically broke the contract, but that he doesn't consider his dog "a contract."

"I didn't rent the dog. The dog lives in my home. It's a member of my family," he stated.

The executive director told the news station that the family knew what they agreed to upon signing the adoption agreement.

The Kreksteins created a Facebook page called "Send Flash Home" to garner support.

The latest status update says the family's lawyer has been in touch with Main Line shelter.

*WCAU-TV contributed to this report.

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