Billed as the heartbreaking animal story of 2016, a shocked pet rescue worker posted the video of Zuzu the German Shepherd’s shocking reunion on social media.
Animal lovers have been venting their fury at the former owners on Facebook, saying they should never be allowed to adopt any pets again.
Zuzu’s story emerged on Facebook after she escaped from her home into a neighbour’s yard, leaving animal controllers to take her to a Los Angeles shelter.
It was at the Downey Animal Care Centre that volunteer Desi Lara filmed Zuzu’s excitement from behind the compound’s wire mesh as the dog sensed her owners were arriving to take her home.
In a Facebook posting, Ms Lara wrote: “Doing Dog Intros we got inurrupted by a distracted and overly excited Zuzu.
“With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners Zuzu lit up like a Christmas Tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she”s going home.
“But No. Talking to her owners they told me they were not here to reclaim her, they were getting another dog.
“Zuzu”s father another GSD (German Shepherd) had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken.
“She escaped her family”s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbour’s yard.
“The unhappy neighbour called Animal control and she ended up here.
“And her owners were going to let her stay here. Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn”t a happy dog anymore.
“Their solutions for her unhappiness was just leaving her here! And go get another dog.”
The Facebook posting has attracted hundreds of comments and thousands of shares and turned Zuzu into an internet celebrity.
It has also been revealed how Zuzu got her new name at the shelter.
The name comes from a character from the Christmas movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life.
The Downey Animal Care Center announced a “happy ending” on its Facebook page today.
They wrote: “We would like to report the happy ending that a rescue has agreed to take Zuzu and she will be leaving Downey on Friday, which is the first day that she is legally allowed to be adopted.”