PORTLAND -- A custody battle between an Oregon State University student and a Portland man began when the student, Jordan Biggs, found a lost dog, a husky-shepherd mix.
'Chase' disappeared more than a year ago from Sam Hanson-Fleming’s Northeast Portland home after jumping over the fence.
Biggs found the dog and claimed him as her own.
A couple months ago, Hanson-Fleming spotted the dog in a coffee shop and tried to get him back. But Biggs refused.
Multnomah County Animal Services gave ownership rights to Hanson-Fleming last week.
Then on Friday, Biggs was arrested for refusing to return the dog to its original owner. She was charged with theft, booked into the Corvallis Jail and later released.
Her attorney said the arrest was unexpected.
“I wasn't warned or told that was going to happen,” Geordie Duckler told KGW. “It would make you anxious to be charged with felony in circumstances in which there’s no question she did the right thing.”
Duckler said Corvallis police took the dog to a Benton County animal shelter. It was later transferred to the Humane Society in Multnomah County.
Hanson-Fleming said Saturday he was on his way to pick the dog up there when police called him. They said he couldn’t take custody of the dog due to allegations against him.
Saturday the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office confirmed it was working with Portland police to investigate accusations of animal neglect and abuse against Hanson-Fleming. Biggs meanwhile has filed suit, asking for a judge to deem her the dog’s rightful owner.
Background: Portland man battling for custody of lost dog
KGW Reporter Jacqueline Sit contributed to this report