During a short trip in Glen Falls, New York, Sandra Miranda and her household dropped their Australian Shepherd Alfie off at GF-K9 daycare. Alfie was speculated to be at daycare for only a few hours on June twenty second whereas the household went on a steamboat journey since pets aren’t allowed.

The objective of a boarding facility like that is to present folks consolation that their pups are being well-cared for whereas they’re briefly away. In this household’s upsetting case, dropping their canine off at daycare is what led to Alfie’s disappearance.


A Few Hours Turns Into An Ongoing Nightmare

A surprised Sandra Miranda instructed the Glen Falls Chronicle the household solely left Alfie at GF-K9 to “concentrate a little, like for three hours, on family time…” When they got here again to choose Alfie up later, an worker greeted Miranda with some “bad news.”

“I thought they were going to tell me another dog attacked my dog, something like that. I never imagined in my life that they were going to say the dog is gone.”


Prior to their arrival on the daycare, nobody had contacted Alfie’s household about his disappearance. The daycare’s proprietor, Mike Tartaglione, mentioned he reviewed the safety footage and couldn’t perceive how Alfie escaped.

“It was like he was teleported 50, 60 feet into the parking lot… I feel terrible. I haven’t slept. I’m beside myself.”

GF-K9’s Responsibility

Miranda was appalled by the scenario within the fast aftermath of Alfie’s disappearance however needed to focus extra on discovering her canine and fewer on combating GF-K9.

“[Tartaglione has] been helping, but to be honest, it’s just really hard to be working with him. Because it’s a reminder — you lost my dog.”

It’s nonetheless not clear how Alfie escaped, however, sadly, nobody seen or reported the incident sooner. A former worker of GF-K9, Heidi Williams, instructed News10 that she left the enterprise after complaining concerning the therapy of some animals that Tartaglione allegedly did little to deal with.

“It came down to the point where this has happened too many times, too many dogs have died, been lost, abused, and neglected and now we need to take a stand because they can’t speak for themselves.”


Others locally used Alfie’s disappearance to demand extra accountability for animal care amenities typically. Local Elizabeth Dragon mentioned:

“We know that children’s daycares get inspected, why can’t animals, because we know they are getting neglected.”

The Search For Alfie

Miranda ended up staying an additional week to maintain searching for Alfie whereas her household needed to return to their residence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She did the whole lot attainable to seek for her canine, together with reaching out to specialists, posting in native “lost pet” Facebook teams, and contacting companies within the space.

Josh Grassi with Clifton Park Pet Search helped present experience and assets for Miranda and the nice samaritans aiding within the search. Several folks went out searching for the pup after seeing posts and flyers.

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Since GF-K9 eliminated Alfie’s collar, he had no figuring out tags. Miranda and Grassi shared photographs of Alfie and inspired others out searching for him to not chase him or name his identify in the event that they noticed him.


Picking Up Alfie At Last

Several occasions over the weeks the group spent monitoring, there have been reviews that Alfie had been noticed across the space. Then on July ninth, 2022, eighteen days because the household dropped him off at GF-K9, Alfie was discovered. Someone noticed him of their yard and contacted Miranda.

“They let us know that our dog was in their backyard and there I was, I picked him up and he just came to me,” the canine’s mother mentioned.


In a Facebook submit on July tenth, Miranda thanked the neighborhood for his or her help. Without the assistance of many individuals, Alfie could by no means have been discovered.

“During the 18 days of his absence, we became overwhelmed by the number of people who took our cause as their own. From the hundreds of calls we received, to the numerous people we witnessed walking the neighborhood where he was hiding, looking for our dog, we were amazed.”

It’s outstanding that Alfie was discovered, given his lack of IDs. Fortunately, the Glen Falls neighborhood stepped up, and Alfie’s mother refused to present in.


Alfie went proper to the vet. He had misplaced weight however was in any other case doing okay. Dr. Laura at Glen Falls Animal Hospital handled him “free of charge,” in accordance with Miranda.


It’s disheartening to listen to of a daycare-related mishap, however this story has a constructive ending that reminds us, as Miranda put it, “how truly good people are.”

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