Hunt is on for lost dog

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

A local dog breeder is offering a $1,000 reward for the information leading to the safe return of her Australian Labradoodle.
Rebecca Pugh, breeder and operator of Good Day Doodles, has been looking for Snickers, the chocolate labradoodle, since he went missing Christmas Eve. He was last seen wearing a green leash and is microchipped.
“The money does not begin to indicate his worth by any means. He is a very special dog who is hurting and hungry,” Pugh said. “The dog was bread for the purpose of therapy and service work. He has been a therapy dog for a child that was on the Autistic Spectrum and he lived with the family in Maryland for the past year.”
According to Pugh, due to a change in circumstances, the family could not keep the pet. So they sent him back in December. Pugh was taking him to a Thomasville family when the great escape occurred.
The parents were going to give Snickers to their children for Christmas. They presented the gift as a grand prize of a scavenger hunt and picked him up on Christmas Eve. When they returned home, Snickers was spooked and ran out of the door.
They have been looking for him every since.
“I am heartbroken because I loved him for the first six months of his life and I know he is a very special dog,” Pugh said.
The dog was initially went missing off N.C. 66, near Bishop McGuinness school. Since then he has traveled into High Point. He was last seen on N. Main Street near Crescent Ford.
Pugh said that she has posted ads in newspapers, put up a listing on Craigslist and Ebay, started a Facebook page and goes out to search for the dog everyday.
“I think searching everyday is why we have been able to keep up with him from Kernesville, into the Skeet Club area and now into High Point,” Pugh said. “Since he has come into High Point we feel very vulnerable. It is a much larger city and he is around more traffic. There are many more dangers here for him. We don’t have that many people looking for him and I am afraid that the sightings will stop.”
Pugh said that the ordeal has been tough on her and the adoptive family.
“Everyday we get a call and I drop everything to go see if it is him. I can not get him off the forefront of my mind,” Pugh said.
Pugh is asking that if you see the Snickers to call and let someone know where he is. For more information or to leave a tip, contact Pugh at (336) 880-8701 or animal control at (336) 883-3324.
“We are asking people if the see him, though he is not dangerous, do not try to approach him. He is not a dangerous dog but he is simply frightened,” Pugh said. “If we can get someone to see him and keep there eyes on him they can call  us or animal control.”
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