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Owner goes to extreme measures to find lost dogs Derek Dunn derek.dunn@metroland.com

News - One dog lover is going to great lengths to find her long lost companions. Amy Robillard was at home in Fitzroy Harbour with her father and two “puggles,” a mix of pug and beagle on June 22. The tan and black, short-legged, long-backed buddies wanted out to do their business at the usual time, about 8 p.m. While Jackson, 6, a male, and Bailey, 3, a female, sometimes go off exploring the ravine near the water for a time, SUBMITTED they usually return quite quickly. However, on this SaturAmong the West Carleton dogs missing over the last few months are day evening the rain may have washed away scents that these two from Fitzroy Harbour. Although some suspect dognappings would have guided them back home. Adding to the series to feed a dogfighting ring, police say they aren’t investigating the pos- of factors culminating against the dogs was the fact they sibility. weren’t wearing collars.

Guilt for not putting on their collars brings tears to Robillard’s eyes. Her and fiance Brent LaBrie built their relationship, in part, on raising the dogs for the last three years. “They are like our family,” she said. “They are like our kids.” Which is why she continues to hold out hope almost two months later that her friends will be found safe and sound. Robillard is offering a $1,000 reward for Jackson and Bailey’s return. Another 1,000 posters appear in all points of West Carleton and beyond. She’s knocked on countless doors, and keeps tabs on various internet sites such as helpinglostpets.com and Facebook’s Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network. She marvels that dog lovers stick together, with complete strangers doing all they can to help. She has followed up on numerous tips. “I’ve pretty much found everybody else’s dogs,” she said. While the drive to and from tipster’s has been emotional, she welcomes more. “It’s definitely tough, but you have to do it anyway,” she said. “The possibility it could be them is there.” dogfighting ring? If the dogs are still alive, it is highly likely they are with someone who believes they were abandoned. They might not know that Jackson is microchipped. However, Ottawa police and Renfrew OPP say there is no secret dogfighting ring in the area, despite numerous rumours to the contrary. Some in West Carleton say a rash of dognappings - particularly of small dogs - has taken place, leading them to the conclusion that their dogs have been used as bait. There is a possibility that the dogs are in the Carp area. Robillard has heard that a woman walks two puggles at the fair grounds. She has yet to connect with the woman, but hopes to soon. Even if this latest tip doesn’t pan out, Robillard won’t be deterred. “They are together and alive.” Anyone with information can reach Robillard at 613203-4487.

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