Updated Oct 09, 2012 @ 07:48 PM

Carl, Max and Kaisa Snellman of Belmont
Carl, Max and Kaisa Snellman

On the heels of returning a bichon frise they adopted from MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain to her original owners, a Belmont family has adopted another bichon.

Carl and Kaisa Snellman of Belmont and their 10-year-old son, Max, made headlines in September when they returned Sophie to the Rowan family of Whitman. The dog had disappeared a month earlier and was dropped off anonymously at the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center.

Staffers were unable to determine whether Sophie had an owner so. After holding her for 10 days, they put her up for adoption and the Snellmans adopted her.

Two days later, the MSPCA discovered that the Rowan family of Whitman had been searching for the dog for weeks. The Snellmans made the tough decision to return her.

Last week the MSPCA found Bentley, a six-month-old bichon that had been surrendered by his previous family after suffering a broken leg. He had surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center to re-align and stabilize his leg bone with pins and required weeks of cage rest.

MSPCA says it received only five bichon last year.           (The Patriot Ledger)