GOOSE CREEK — The dog is obviously Dempsey. She comes right up to Anna Tartar on Tuesday, tail wagging a mile a minute, licks her, rubs up against her, nestles in with her and her baby daughter.

Then the dog goes back to its cage from the "guest room" at the Doc Williams Adoption Center, where the staff insists it's not Dempsey but S.J. Dempsey, they tell you, was adopted last weekend. For Tarter, this is just one more maddening moment in what she says has been a monthlong struggle to get her husband's dog returned.

Her husband, Anthony Davis, can't help. The senior airman is in Qatar with the Air Force.

"That's Dempsey. You could tell she knows who we are," Tarter said.

Read more in Wednesday's editions of The Post and Courier.