Two Bernese Mountain dogs bolted from their backyard last week and the family has waged a Facebook campaign in search of the canines.
JACKSON TWP. Bear and Leo, 10-month-old brothers, are missing.
"We're concerned that someone took them to resell or breed them," said Lorri Beadling, a Jackson Township resident who teaches 7th grade at Hyer Middle School in Akron.
The purebred Bernese Mountain dogs have been missing from her yard at Strausser Street NW and Lake O'Springs Avenue since 4 a.m. March 8 when her husband took one dog outside and it bolted. As he ran to the house to yell for his wife, the other dog pushed past him, running in the same direction.
"We thought they went after a deer," Beadling said.Get breaking news sent to you. Download our new app
The Beadlings have contacted dog pounds, Humane Society branches, veterinarians, animal rescue groups and others who work with animals, and their Facebook pleas for the dogs' safe return have netted 282,000 reposts as of 10 a.m. Thursday.
They've received hundreds of calls and photos of Bernese Mountain dogs from as far north as Summit County and south to New Philadelphia, but none of the dogs is Bear or Leo. Concerned that someone picked up the dogs for resale or breeding, the family also filed a police report.
"We wake up crying and go to bed crying," Beadling said. "It's a hole in our hearts. These dogs are part of our family. They're so kind and loving. We are just heartbroken."
Beadling said her family is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the safe return of the dogs. Anyone with information should call her at 330-354-0994.
Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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