Investigator sees increase in missing purebred dogs

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FULTON - Callaway County Humane Society Investigator Sandy Corbet said she's had an increase in phone calls related to missing dogs.

She said German shepherds and pit bulls have been targeted over the last few weeks.

Corbet said the recently missing dogs include two German shepherds, three pit bulls and two miniature Pinschers, all of which were reported to them since the beginning of November. 

"It’s just weird that they’re purebred dogs is what we noticed,” she said. 

Fulton resident Karen Fox said her dog, Jake, went missing Thursday from her house on Windy Meadows Lane off Route F, and has been looking for him ever since. 

“I was fixing supper and he wanted out,” Fox said. “He goes out and he potties, goes across the road and comes right back, sits in front of the door and he was out for about 15 minutes. I went out expecting him to be there wanting to go in the car with me and he was gone, and I just had a sinking feeling right then.”

She said she posted on Facebook hoping someone would message back that they’d seen him.

Fox said Jake is a 3-year-old long haired German shepherd wearing a blue collar with tags and a blaze orange bandana. She said he has a bump on his spine and dark freckles on his belly.

“He did everything he could to protect us and I failed him,” Fox said. “I let him out at the wrong time. Somebody must have been watching when he goes out.” 

She believes Jake went missing on the road right by their house, which, she said, gets a lot of traffic.   

“Because he would cross that road to go potty in the weeds and come back,” Fox said. 

Fox said she reported the incident to the Fulton Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s Department.

She said she "really, really" misses him.

“I’m gonna keep nagging everybody and keep putting it on all the sites,” Fox said. “I don’t know what else to do.” 

Fox believes someone took Jake, and he didn’t just run away. 

“In his mind, any stranger was going to kill us, and he had to protect us,” Fox said. “Even when the kids came, we had to put him in his crate for a while until he decided that they were OK. But no, he wouldn’t have left on his own.” 

Fox said she’s been posting flyers around town. 

“I don’t want him being made to fight or abused and there are so many other dogs that are in the same shape, and I feel so sorry for those people and we just need to catch them,” Fox said. 

Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism said his office hasn't received a significant influx of stolen dog reports. But he said he has noticed a lot of talk from the community via social media. 

Corbet works alongside the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department and investigates cases of abuse or neglect. 

“A lot of the animals that have come up missing are in the county and there aren’t any leash laws or anything like that in the county, so a lot of animals do run free,” Corbet said.

Corbet recommends keeping dogs in a fenced yard or going outside with them. 

She also recommends getting animals microchipped, so the owner can have a better chance at finding them. Corbet said there really isn’t anything wrong with having the chip. 

“The cons would be that possibly the microchip could travel,” Corbet said. “It could possibly cause an infection under the skin — this generally does not happen.”

The Callaway County Humane Society will be microchipping dogs during its Santa Paws event on Dec. 9 at the John C. Harris Community Center.