STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — As KDVR first reported, the custody of an eight-year-old Siberian Husky has been the focus of an intense legal battle since 2017.
Canyon City, Colo. resident Michael Gerhke calls the dog Mya.
When Mya ran away from Gerhke's home in 2013, she found a new owner, Ashlee Anderson.
Anderson's friend gave her the dog, and Anderson renamed the Husky Sitka.
"She's an angel, she was sent to me, she helped motivate and support me during some of the toughest times of my life," said Anderson.
Anderson moved the dog two hours away from Canyon City, Colo. in 2013 to Steamboat Springs, Colo.
"My heart has grown since she came into my life and I will do anything to take care of her," said Anderson.
But when Sitka got loose in Feb. 2017, she was picked up by Steamboat Animal Control. They scanned the dog's microchip and discovered that she belonged to Gerhke in Canyon City.
Once he heard about his beloved dog, Gerhke engaged in legal action. He's spent the last 13-months and $15,000 trying to get his dog back.
Anderson's legal team kept filing delays.
"This is the 3rd time they've tried to delay the case, they were suppose to meet us at courtroom they drag us out in a snowstorm to come to their law office, I mean it's been one jerk around," said Gehrke.
On March 16th, the court ruled in Gerhke's favor and he would be reunited with his beloved Mya for the first time since 2013.
Anderson's attorney says that they have not given up.
"This case is far from over, we look at this as a 12 round boxing match, and we`re in Round 2," said Anderson's attorney Emily Kelley.
For now, the Husky is back at home with her original owner, Michael Gehrke.