Firefighter doesn’t want Hunter the dog back

Firefighter didn't want Hunter back

Firefighter William Jones was reunited with his dog Hunter on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. (KOIN)
Firefighter William Jones was reunited with his dog Hunter on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hunter the dog, whose firefighter owner last month fought to get him back after he ran away, has been adopted by a new family.

Firefighter William Jones was reunited with his dog Hunter on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. (KOIN)
Firefighter William Jones was reunited with his dog Hunter on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. (KOIN)

The one-year-old black lab made headlines last month after William Jones, his owner, made a plea to get him back. Jones was fighting a wildfire in eastern Washington when Hunter escaped from his friends care and was taken in by the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.

Hunter wasn’t micro chipped or wearing a collar so the HSSW waited 10 days and then he was adopted by a new family. When Jones returned from the wildfire and discovered his dog had been adopted by a new family, he publicly begged for him back.

The family gave in to the pressure and gave Hunter back to Jones. However, on October 14, HSSW again had Hunter in their care after he ran away.

This time, Jones didn’t want him back. He is moving out of state, he told HSSW.

Hunter has now been adopted by a new family.

HSSW hopes this story will remind people of the responsibility of caring for a pet. They also believe social media played a role in the story and “its collective need to assign blame.”