Dog Lost in Hurricane Katrina To Be Reunited With Owners After 7 Years

Shorty, a 15-year-old poodle found wandering down a road in North Carolina with an eye infection and badly matted fur must have a guardian angel. Taken to a veterinary hospital by a Good Samaritan, it was discovered the dog had been given up after Hurricane Katrina and his original family wants him back.

The white poodle was in bad shape when an individual saw him walking down the middle of a street in Cabarrus County, NC. The man scooped up the little dog and brought him to Cabarrus Animal Hospital where veterinarians discovered a microchip showing that Shorty was registered to an owner in Louisiana.

“We traced the dog to Louisiana and thank goodness the gentleman did not change his cell phone number,” said Brenda Tortoreo, the receptionist at the animal hospital.

The family had surrendered Shorty seven years ago in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the hurricane. Their home had been destroyed and they didn’t feel they could care for the dog so they gave him to a shelter. They had no idea what had become of Shorty.

The little poodle had spent nearly half his life with new owners who live in Concord, NC. They came forward when they saw a report about Shorty on the news. Ta’layza Miller and her grandmother adopted the little guy from a local shelter more than six years ago.  They said he had been missing since mid-September when they allowed him to walk outdoors on his own.  The pair have been looking for him ever since. Now that Shorty has been found, the Miller’s agree that he should be returned to his original family.

“I do want him back, but since they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and they lost him… I wouldn’t mind them keeping him or anything because it was their dog first,” said 15-year-old Ta’layza.

Cabarrus Animal Hospital has been busy tending to Shorty’s medical needs. In addition to an infection in both eyes and matted fur, the dog has severe dental disease that requires surgery and a heart murmur.

The hospital is treating Shorty free of charge, although his medical bill is $2,000. They estimate it will be about two weeks before he will be healthy enough to be released.

Their big concern is how to get Shorty back to New Orleans. They hope a volunteer will come forward and furnish a ride for him.  When that happens everyone will know for sure that Shorty has a guardian angel watching over him.


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Laurie Baravalle3 years ago

I also was very blessed to adopt a wonderful dog after the aftermath of Katrina. She is now a very happy senior citizen but I have always wondered if her family misses her and would love to let them know she is okay. She was somebody's dog when she was found she had a collar and was found with another dog best guess is they were together before the storm. I have scoured all the websites and put out several descriptions but to no avail so here I am again. I adopted a small approx 11 inch beagle with some brittney spaniel marking on her front legs. She came in with a bigger beagle we called mama because they looked so much alike. She had a brown leather collar and was found in St Bernard Parrish. I do local rescue and foster care work and when she finally came to upstate ny they handed her to me off the truck and told me to keep her comfortable she would be dead by morning, they could not believe she survived the trip. Well needless to say lots of love, sleepless night and her best doggie friend Hunter she made it! We fostered her for a year waiting for her family to be found and when they weren't she became a wonderful happy pert of our life. We named her Caley because it means water warrior. She is a tan and white beagle with freckles on her nose and front legs. She lost her best friend Hunter about five months ago ànd is very sad but taking things day by day. We figured now she is about 11 or 12 years old and more than anything I would love to know her wh

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 3 years ago

thank you for sharing 6/7

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

What a nice reunion!

Michele N.
Michele B.3 years ago

I am over whelmed with joy that he is going back to his original owners...where he should be in the first place!! Home is where the heart is! What a Holiday Blessing I'd say! Nice way to start my Saturday morning and an even better way to end and start an old/new year for the dog and his old family! happy, Happy Holidays all around!!

Cindy S.
Cindy S.3 years ago

Let the poor dog decide

Tony Penfold
Tony Penfold3 years ago

My dear lady heard a tapping on the Patio glass door. It was a cocketiel, looking very sad and dirty. She put him in a cage we had in the shed and found him some food and he is now our new son like friend. He has become the turning point in our relationship. He is spoilt to death but we would not have any other way.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 4 years ago

I am wondering now

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

you people think that this dog should be returned to the oiginal owner, who threw him away like a piece of garbage? or returned to the incompetant morons who let it out by itself? so sad...this dog deserves so much more than either one of those families!!!