Sacramento, CA (PressExposure) March 22, 2011 -- On Friday, April 1st at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento CA, the defendant of a small claims court case will have to produce the evidence before the court of law. That's not so unusual but this time the evidence isn't documents, photographs, or video footage; it's an 8-lb. Golden Pomeranian dog, Miss Tilly, previously a dog model and dog mascot.
"Miss Tilly contains important evidence for this case," said Donna Schwontkowski, owner of the dog. "Inside her is the microchip with owner identification."
The dog was originally chipped with a microchip back in September of 2002 shortly after Schwontkowski received Miss Tilly. At that time she was 2 years old.
"It's been a long, hard struggle to get her back home but well worth every minute. I can't wait to see her in the courtroom and I know that if she sees and hears me, she will remember me and Gracie," Schwontkowski said. Gracie is her Australian shepherd mix, about the same age as Miss Tilly. Gracie was Miss Tilly's best friend for more than two years.
The case is unusual in that a dog sitter gave away Miss Tilly, told Schwontkowski that the dog was eaten by a coyote, and wouldn't reveal the dog's whereabouts even after a television show judge ruled that the dog was stolen. The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns and includes a book Schwontkowski wrote about her dogs that prompted the confession of the dog sitter.
"What I'm really looking forward to is to see the reunion of Gracie and Miss Tilly. They haven't seen each other in 35 dog years. When Gracie is happy, she acts like a little bucking bronco, dancing with sheer delight. Last year, her friend Sasha, a German Shepherd who moved away for a few years returned to the area. We filmed the reunion and Gracie was filled with emotions," she said.
Gracie and Sasha's reunion can be viewed at the website, http://www.findingmisstilly.com
For more information, call 916-649-8323.