Dog with cancer escapes from BluePerl hospital

By Marisela Burgos

TAMPA, Fla. – The search continues for a dog with cancer that escaped a Tampa animal hospital.

Shelby’s owner, Jennifer Kobuta, dropped her off at BluePearl Wednesday morning for her second week of radiation.

“She has Soft Tissue Sarcoma, which is cancer on her leg and had a mass removed so I was bringing her there for radiation every morning,” Kobuta said.

About 20 minutes after Kobuta dropped off Shelby, she escaped.

 “We think the kennel door inside the hospital was not properly latched,” Curtis Krueger, spokesman for BluePearl Veterinary Partners said.

According to Krueger, the 50 pound dog then pushed the front door of the hospital open and escaped.

“We’re taking ownership of this. We know that it’s on us,” Krueger said.

Kobuta said she is thankful hospital staff are helping her search for Shelby.

“Mistakes happen. This shouldn’t have happened, but I can’t focus on that right now,” Kobuta said.

Krueger said they are offering a $1,000 reward for Shelby’s safe return; they have also hired a professional dog tracker to find Shelby. The professional dog tracker starts Friday. Many of BluePearl’s employees have been searching around the clock and about a 10 mile radius from the hospital for Shelby.

“All I care about is getting my dog home. She’s my best friend,” Kobuta said.

If anyone has seen Shelby, they need to call (813) 933-8944.

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