Man says group gave away dog while he was sick

Posted at 8:11 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 23:11:49-05

A San Diego man claims he barely survived the West Nile virus, and when he got out of his coma, his dog Bella had been adopted out to a new family.

Roger Webb says when boarding Bella got to be too expensive for his family, they told him they turned to Pug Rescue of San Diego for help fostering the dog until he got better.

Webb says instead of keeping her safe for him, the rescue adopted his dog out to a new family.

"Although she may be cared for, she's not with me," Webb said.

Late Monday afternoon, 10News contacted an attorney for the pug rescue group.

The attorney wouldn't comment on the specific claims Webb was making, she would only tell us the group does not, and has never, provided temporary foster care.

According to their website, all of their pugs come from private homes or shelters, and the group only accepts pugs from their legal owners.

"The dog was supposed to be fostered, not adopted," said Webb.

Webb has vowed to keep up his battle for Bella while fighting for his own recovery.

"I won't rest until I get her back," said Webb.