Man fights to keep dog he worked with for five years

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A man who lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, is fighting to keep a dog that his former company wants to take from his possession. According to multiple sources, Barry Myrick lived and worked with Roxy for five years – the dog is specially trained to sniff out bed bugs and she is technically “owned” by M & M Environmental, a pest control company.

The emotional custody battle started when Myrick was laid off from his position with M&M Environmental at the start of the Covid pandemic. As reported by the New York Post, Myrick turned in all of his company belongings, and he claims that his manager implied that Roxy would remain with him – he told the news agency that his manager said, “You’re going to keep Roxy, right?”

Myrick moved out of Brooklyn and relocated to Philadelphia – telling the Post that he believed he would not be getting his job back. M&M Environmental claims that they intended to rehire Myrick and when they learned that he wasn’t coming back, they demanded that Roxy be relinquished to them.

When Myrick refused to hand Roxy over, M&M had him charged with grand larceny. The charge didn’t deter Myrick – in fact, he went to jail instead of surrendering the dog that he considers to be family. Myrick tells the post, “I spent 15 hours in jail. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.”

The fight for Roxy continues. M&M insists that Roxy is their property and they want her back, but Myrick’s lawyer thinks they have a case to keep the dog, telling the Post:

“When they left the dog with him in March, [M&M] made no arrangement … to get the dog or pay for the dog in the interim.”

For the time being, Roxy gets to stay with Myrick until the court case is settled.

(Image via screenshot NY1 News)

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