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After sitting at the North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, Calif., since July 11, Buddy – 11-year-old, male, black labrador-mix – was finally rescued and out of the shelter. The old-timer was dumped by his owner at the shelter. More than 4 months had passed. Buddy’s time was up. He was relegated to the kill list. Animal rescue advocates were elated and relieved when, on Nov. 21, they were notified that Buddy made it out of the shelter – alive.
That relief, however, was short-lived when Buddy made a mad dash out of the rescuer’s car at a Petco store, located at 5347 S. Sepulveda Ave., in Los Angeles, Calif. The rescuer, Teresa Straley, took him to the pet store with the intention of purchasing a collar and leash for him. Straley said: “The Petco trainer told me she could put the collar on and the tags, but insisted on fitting him. When we got to the car, I unlocked the door. I told her not to open it wide because he was a rescue, and just came from the shelter. She disregarded my instructions, and opened the door wide … and Buddy dashed out of the car.”
Since that time, Straley and others in the rescue community have rallied together and are fervently doing all they can to find him, including following all leads given to them. The rescue group have posted flyers, contacted Petco for assistance, uploaded his information on various missing pets websites, created a facebook page called Help Find Buddy – Los Angeles, CA, and even got hold of a drone to help in the search for Buddy. They are pulling out all the stops to get him to safety.
It has been more than a week since Buddy went missing. There have been numerous sightings of Buddy, more or less concentrated in the area where he “ran for his life.” A Google image was posted on Buddy’s facebook page yesterday morning indicating where he has been sighted.
Straley and the rescue community desperately need more volunteers to aid in the search efforts of Buddy in the areas where he was spotted, and possibly further. The circumference of the sightings widened, so the search is becoming much more difficult. Given Buddy’s size and breed, he can travel great distances, despite his advanced age. Also needed is someone who is experienced operating a drone.
There has been no sightings fitting Buddy’s description since yesterday morning. The situation for Buddy being out alone in the cold with no food or water, day-in and day-out, becomes more perilous and dire with each passing hour of each passing day.
Anyone who sees a dog fitting Buddy’s description is asked to call Straley at (310) 339-8815. Do not to approach him. He will become panic-stricken and will bolt again.
Again, volunteers are needed. The latest post on Buddy’s facebook page reads:
Buddy is still missing. We haven’t gotten any new sightings since yesterday morning, so he may still be moving west. We are looking for volunteers to help us get ahead of him by putting up and passing out flyers going WEST starting at Barrington and going along the bike path that runs parallel to the train tracks, as well as the major streets that run alongside (like Exposition, Olympic, Colorado) into Santa Monica. We have flyers and tape. Please let us know if you can help! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
If you can help, call the number provide above, or email Straley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other things to note about Buddy are as follows:
Weighs 60 pounds, friendly, likes dogs, very skiddish (sic). Buddy had been rescued from LA City pound on 11/21/15, microchipped; Has medical issues: 2 lumps, but very good spirits.