One very loving owner is facing huge consequences after refusing to give up his company dog. Scroll on for the heartbreaking tale...
Now, it's safe to say that dogs are one of the world's most popular pets.
GettyThese lovable and loyal companions make the perfect household pets, and it also helps that they’re so damn cute.
They truly are man's - and woman's - best friend.
GettyWhether they’re causing mischief, giving us those puppy eyes when they want a treat, or taking up the entire sofa, many of us couldn’t live without our 4-legged companions.
And, to make them even better, dogs are pretty much the only things to unite the internet.
While we're bickering over politics or the color of dresses, there's always one thing we can all agree on – our canine pals are too good for this world.
But, dogs don't just provide us with a cuteness fix...
They truly do become members of the family.
And when one man was asked to return his dog to his employer ...
He proved just how far a dedicated dog owner will go ...
Barry Myrick is a pest-control worker in Queens, New York.
And for several years on the job, he worked alongside sniffer dog Roxy.
"She's my best friend," said Myrick.
"I committed to her long ago, and nothing's going to come between me and her."
The company - M&M - had covered her food and veterinary bills, along with her training.
But she's lived with Myrick and his wife, Joana, for the past 4 years.
"She's a part of our family. This is the closest to kids we'll have."
But since Myrick's job was changed to COVID cleaning, the company demanded Roxy was returned to them.
He admitted to The Post that in 2016, he signed a contract that "said that if I were to be terminated or if I were no longer working there, I would have to return Roxy." But he alleged that M&M forfeited its claim to her when the company laid him off and didn't ask for her back.
Myrick has faced jail time for refusing to return his dog.
"I spent fifteen hours in jail. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy."
And he's not about to give up!
"I've emptied out my bank account, spent time in jail . . . what else can they throw at me? I'll fight this to the end."
For now, a Queens judge is letting Myrick keep Roxy until the case is settled. M&M, however, said Roxy is a working dog and this is a case of ownership, not custody.
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