PORTLAND -- After a long and bitter custody battle over a lost dog, a judge ordered Thursday that "Chase" must be returned his original owner.
Chase went missing from Sam Hanson-Fleming’s Northeast Portland home after jumping over the fence in 2011. Hanson-Fleming spotted the dog again in May, but his new owner refused to give him back.
The dog was placed at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland while a legal fight took place to determine his rightful owner. Thursday a Benton County judge ruled Chase and Hanson-Fleming be reunited.
Background: Portland man battles for custody of lost dog
The woman who had adopted the dog, 20-year-old Jordan Biggs of Corvallis, was arrested on a theft charge in July, for keeping the dog after Multnomah County Animal Services determined Hanson-Fleming was his rightful owner.
When Hanson-Fleming went to pick Chase up after that, police said he couldn’t take custody of the dog due to allegations of animal neglect and abuse against him.
He was cleared of all criminal charges Thursday, according to Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Norman Frink.