News 12 at 6, January 22, 2008
HEPHZIBAH -- Losing a pet can be a heartbreaking experience for any family. But now, you've got a new option to help get your lost pet back home.
We get a lot of calls and emails from people who've lost pets. We could never satisfy all the requests because plain and simple, there were too many of them.
But now, we've created a new way for you to get the message out and hopefully get your pet back in the arms of its family.
Yes, it is nearing the end of January. And yes, Claudia Pagan still has her Christmas tree up. There is a meaning to the madness; her fiancé is set to come home from Iraq soon and they will be celebrating the holidays a little late.
"This will be our first Christmas together," she said.
But it won't be a complete Christmas because a big part of the family is missing.
"I fell asleep and when I woke up she wasn't there," Pagan says.
"She" was Claudia's brand new puppy Leona, who pulled a disappearing act nearly two weeks ago.
"This is where I saw the paw prints," Claudia said while pointing to an area under her fence gate.
She slipped under the fence and hasn't been seen since.
Leona was no ordinary dog to Claudia. You see, Claudia has what's called post traumatic stress disorder after a career in the military. Leona helped her cope.
"She would give me companionship and keep my mind off a lot of things," she said.
After Leona slipped away, Claudia posted sign after sign all over her neighborhood. But so far, her puppy has not come home.
Well now, Leona and other pet owners have some new options to help find their lost pets.
News 12 has set up a new lost and found section on the website where you can post pictures, video and other information about your lost pet. You can find that by CLICKING HERE.
Columbia County just launched a similar website too, which you can find by CLICKING HERE.
The hope is someone out there knows something and can bring a dog like Leona back home.
"Somebody knows where she's at," Pagan said with tears streaming down her face.