|Barked: Sun Jun 30, '13 8:19pm PST |
|This is to anyone and everyone who lives in the Northern Virginia area--specifically in or near Fredericksburg!
Last week my friend let her husky out to go potty and he got out of her yard and vanished in to the woods. She searched for him for as long as she could, and even tried to call out of work that day, but they wouldn't let her. At least she did manage to cut her shift down to only 4 hours and when she got home she took up the search again. As it turned out her dog somehow MIRACULOUSLY made his way down to the Wawa on Jefferson Davis Highway (at the corner of Neabsco Rd), crossed 2 lanes of traffic without getting killed, got in through the back door which was left open, and wreaked some havoc in the store! A woman was seen on surveillance going to a white work-van (the kind with no windows) and fetching a leash and collar, then running back in and capturing my friend's dog and taking him back to her van and driving off.
This all happened a week ago. My friend and her family have been looking NON-STOP! They've posted flyers, posted online, contacted every single vet and animal shelter in the entire county, and several of the surrounding counties; they recovered the surveillance videos from the Wawa which showed the woman stealing their dog, but the license plate of the van the woman was driving can't be made out. They've spoken to the police who literally said to my friend "There's nothing we can do. It's JUST a dog." I kid you not! The cop said that to her!
The dog IS microchipped with accurate information to contact my friend, but obviously that's not going to do a lick of good if no one scans it... One of the vets she called told her they don't normally scan for microchips. I also know that the old vet I used to take Ava and Nix to doesn't scan for microchips either so that's not that surprising... although it's no less infuriating, to me. Another vet whom she called up even said "We don't deal with lost dogs." What does that even mean??? So even if they know a dog is missing and they see that dog walk through their doors, they won't do anything!? I don't even know, but it makes me mad!
My friend's mom has resorted to driving to the Wawa where it happened, parking there, and waiting for hours in hopes that the woman will show up again, but obviously that hasn't happened.
They're looking in to hiring a detective, and in the meantime have been fighting with Wawa to give them the woman's name (as she bought things with a credit card), as well as trying to get help from the police, who aren't being much help at all. ("It's just a dog" ...seriously? What kind of comment is that! Next time tell someone "It's just a TV." or "It's just a car." when their possession is stolen!)
My friend and her family have even contacted a local news station and are waiting to hear back from them.
So you see, they're doing EVERYTHING that they can possibly do to try and bring their dog home. I'm even considering spending a couple days at the dog park to see if anyone shows up with my friend's dog. You never know, right?
So, if any of you live in the area, please keep an eye out for Koba!
Edited by author Sun Jun 30, '13 8:29pm PST
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