Dusty the Dog Returned to Shelter After Reunion With Owner

Just days after being reunited with his old owner after she spotted him on the "Today" show, Dusty has been returned to the shelter

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:52 AM EDT
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Ruth Torres was reunited with her lost dog when she spotted him on UPDATE: Dusty has been returned to the shelter." />

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Ruth Torres was reunited with her lost dog when she spotted him on "Today." Pei-Sze Cheng reports. UPDATE: Dusty has been returned to the shelter.

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The Bronx woman who reclaimed her lost dog after spotting him on the "Today" show last Friday has given him up, NBC New York has learned.

Ruth Torres says she feels "awful" that she's had to part again with Dusty, the Irish Wolfhound she lost three weeks ago when she said her brother abandoned him at a dog run.

Torres said she'd moved in with her mother since losing Dusty, and when she brought her old dog back to their new residence over the weekend, it was clear he wouldn't get along with her mother's dogs.

Dusty was "too wild" with the other animals, Torres said.

Torres returned Dusty to the Animal Care and Control shelter that took him in weeks ago and groomed him for the "Today" segment. A spokesman confirmed the dog was back in the shelter's care.

Torres emphatically denied that she ever abandoned the Irish Wolfhound the first time.

The shelter spokesman said it's already received several calls for the dog, and he's hopeful Dusty will find a better home.

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