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Emerald Gillespie has won a month-long court battle but accepts that she will never see her dog.
A Whitehorse dog owner has been awarded $3,600 in damages and court fees following a months long court battle over custody of her dog, Buddy.
Emerald Gillespie dropped Buddy off at the 'Any Domesticated Animal Rescue and Boarding Kennels' in Tagish after the dog showed some behavioral problems.
The facility is run by Shelly Cuthbert who cares for over 80 dogs on her own.
After more than a month and a few visits, both Gillespie and Cuthbert agreed the dog deserved a better home.
When a home was found by Gillespie, she went to retrieve her dog and that's when Cuthbert says the dog was surrendered to the shelter and would not be adopted.
A judge has now ruled that Buddy should have been returned to Gillespie. In his decision, Yukon Territorial Court justice Heino Lilles awarded $1,100 in court fees and $2,500 in damages.
Gillespie says the dog was always her priority.
"I know I didn't get my dog back, and obviously that was my most important thing so that's really sad that I'm never going to see him again but at least I got to see an objective party tell Shelley that what she did was wrong and that's justice.
During the court case, Buddy was sent to an adoptive family in Alberta but during the trip, he slipped his collar and escaped.
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