Cindy Paine is offering a reward for the return of her dog Sarah

Public plea for missing dog

Pomeranian-Chihuahua escaped from South Surrey home

A South Surrey woman is appealing for help finding her dog, after weeks of searching and plying the neighbourhood with posters – which include the offer of a $1,000 reward – have failed to bring the Pomeranian-Chihuahua home.

“It just breaks my heart,” said Cindy Paine. “I really miss her and I need her home.”

Paine said she adopted Sarah a year ago, after spotting the now two-year-old on the Quesnel SPCA’s website. The find came two months after the heartbreak of having to put down her border collie.

Paine said she knew from the get-go that Sarah was “an escape artist,” and prepared for her arrival by taking extra steps to secure her surroundings. The $1,000 effort was to ensure Sarah could get out into the yard while Paine was at work, but no farther.

Unfortunately, on July 31, Sarah managed to dig her way under the fence. Neighbours who spotted the dog running around the Cranley Drive mobile home park, and others who reported sightings from other areas – from Southridge School to the corner of 168 Street and 20 Avenue – over the next 10 days, were unable to catch her, Paine said.

Then, Paine got a call from a man who had recognized Sarah in a Grandview Corners parking lot. He said he saw her Aug. 10, with a couple and two children who told him they had found her and would take her to the SPCA.

The man contacted Paine a few days later after noticing her ‘missing dog’ posters were still up.

“He said, ‘I know it was your dog’,” she said.

But Paine has yet to get any good news, despite daily calls to multiple branches of the SPCA and veterinarians “from Chilliwack to Richmond to Vancouver.”

“I am desperate,” Paine said. “I’m hoping with some reward money that somebody will notice her.”

She noted that Sarah is tattooed, and was wearing a collar and ID at the time she escaped.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Paine at 604-805-4535.



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