Hurricane Katrina Survivors Jessie Pullins And J.J. The Dog Reunited
A remarkable story about a man and his dog, who were separated when the New Orleans town was officially closed ahead of the hurricane, has been captured on film.
Pullins says J.J. recognised him immediately at the airport despite a 4 year separation. The dog had been rescued during the hurricane aftermath and flown to California for adoption.
The film follows the desperation of a man who lost his wife to cancer and recovered from a drug addiction whose beloved companion was named after his wife. Then to lose his dog in tragic circumstances and have to go through the courts to have his dog returned.
Film director Geralyn Pezanoski wanted to show the complicated nature of what happened to pets and their families and their adoptive families. The film “Mine” is due to be released by PBS next year and shows the mercy mission that animal lovers organised to save hurricane stranded pets. And it shows the pain of animal lovers whose pets were kidnapped.
A similar case happened locally where a man died while out jogging with his dog. The dog was adopted out before the family of the deceased man found out. Not only did they lose a son and brother, but they also lost the dog that was a family companion when the new owners refused to give him up.
Cases like these have no winners, only losers. They are tragic beyond measure. But I can’t help but think the new owners have lost sight of something when they refuse to hand back animals that have been a loved member of another family for years. Surely?
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