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Lost Dog: Marlboro Family Offering a Reward

The Amato family is looking for their lost terrier.

A message from Marlboro resident Laurie Amato:

Douglas is a black and white Rat Terrier and has never ran away before. We live on Crossridge Circle, right off of Ryan Road in Marlboro.

He is probably very scared as he has never ever done this before. He has no collar or microchip.

If anyone finds him please have them call (732) 546 4198. We are devastated. Huge reward if found!

Laurie Amato January 10, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Sharon - Thank you so much!!! I can't tell you how much that means to me and my family.
Joann Mckinney Formisano January 10, 2013 at 09:12 PM
laurie i live in greenbriar and havent spotted any strays, def. will keep an xtra eye out. my hubby home all day, will tell him also..good luck in finding ur pet..
HRH January 10, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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HRH January 10, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Have you tried www.findtoto.com? It's a paid service which sends out phone messages to an area you designate. I don't know how well it works, but it might be worth trying. Sorry about the error posting above.
ARLENE SELTZER January 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Laurie ---- Insight from previous Pet Physics on other Lost Dogs have been very helpful as I help in the searches & have always read the criteria. I live in Marlboro & in my travels daily travel thru there,searching. Regarding property searches, sheds, under decks, any partial or enclosed area can be a place to hide and sleep so neighbors all over need to check their outside structures. Water is important so any place of access can be where he drinks. As for a house to house search it is possible he was taken in by a person without facebook & who can not see the flyers. Any property with other dogs or animals should be checked since he may take up residence where there are others since dogs are pack animals and can find safety with them. The Woods in the area must be checked since dogs will run there away from people and cars & hunt food & nature takes over to protect them. Dogs like to chase deer & some past ones stayed near herds for comfort. Prayers & Thoughts for Douglas to be Homeward Bound !!!!
Laurie Amato January 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Hi - Have registered Douglas with www.findtoto.com. Hope all my Marlboro friends don't get annoyed with the phone calls! Arlene - Thank you so much!! My son has been hanging on to every word the physic has said and now he will read and re-read your post a million times with the hope that it will help find him! Joann - My Aunt and Uncle live in Greenbriar and I am so happy to know that Greenbriar is aware of my Dougie. Thank you!!
Laurie Amato January 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Findtoto.com was a bust! In my opinion, if anyone is ever in this situation - avoid this type of service. I feel it offered no value. Truthfully - dealing with Kaitlyn and the rest of you wonderful people in the community is the best way to go! Please keep praying that we find closure to this nightmare!
Michelle Morano January 15, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Hi Laurie! Don't give up! Stay positive! My dog was missing for 12 days, we just found him on 1/4/13. He was staying with my in-laws across town the weekend before Christmas when he pulled out of his collar. Rain is actually good for scents, sunlight and dry conditions are not. Please feel free to contact me at wonderpup26@AOL.com maybe I could help.
Jackie Berman January 16, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Laurie: As per my phone call, I will announce on www.tommygshow.com today about Douglas and have our listeners on the lookout. It's on our website already and I put it out to our followers on twitter. Good luck. You can reach me at jackie@tommygshow.com
Laurie Amato January 17, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Thank you so much Jackie!!!
Janet Poling January 17, 2013 at 05:59 PM
How about Fidofinder.com you can put a generic pic with the info for free if you want to add phone number or something else its 5.00....Good Luck
Laurie Amato January 17, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Hi Janet - Just posted on Fidofinder.com and it was all free!! Thanks for the advise. Laurie
Teresa flores January 19, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Look into. PETAMBERALERT.COM
HRH January 19, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Laurie, just wanted to let you know I got my call from what I guess was find toto on Thursday. Your message was very clear. My thoughts are with you and your family hoping for a safe return.
Laurie Amato January 19, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Thank you HRH! We did another Per Amber Alert hoping to reach a much larger audience. Got a phone call last night from a very nice gentleman in Ryan Meadows that said his son might have seen him around 8:30am at the bus stop near Annette Road. We went looking all through that neighborhood last night and today and saw nothing. We are all still praying that our Douglas comes home to us soon.
Laurie Amato January 22, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Hi Everyone - Got word from someone that Douglas maybe near Rolling Hills Day Camp or the development off of Robertsville Road with 3 houses in it (Rolling Hills Drive?) Please spread the word to anyone that may live in that area! Thanks!!
cindy January 22, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Do you have signs out? Is Douglas a shy dog or a skiddish, or aloof or reserved?
Laurie Amato January 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Hi Cindy - I have posted hundreds of signs in the last 2 weeks but not sure how many are left. I also went through many of the neigborhoods and placed them on all the cars. He is shy and skiddish. :-(
Petra Tamashunas January 24, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Hi, Laurie. I haven't read this whole email thread, so I'm sorry if I'm repeating something you already know. But I heard the 2 most effective things for finding a lost dog are: 1 - Posting large signs with just key info at major intersections. Supposedly this works better than flyers. 2 - Writing on your car back windsheld key info. Have some of your friends do this too if possible. Hope this helps and I hope you find your dog very, very soon. Don't give up hope.
Michelle January 25, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Please be sure to check constantly with Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. Go in person and actually look! That is where Animal Control takes animals picked up in your area. Best of luck to you!
Kathy Omo January 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Laurie, have you thought of trying a pet detective? I'm friendly with a rescue group that had one of their foster dogs bolt when they were trying to put it into the car. They put up flyers, had organized searches, etc., with no luck. After 2-3 weeks of trying everything, they hired a pet detective from Pennsylvania & within a few days, he captured the dog. This is a dog that came from another state, was feral & terrified. It was quite amazing to watch the whole process unfold. It's not cheap but it was well worth it.
Laurie Amato January 27, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Hi Kathy, Petra and Michelle -- Thanks for all the suggestions. With the exception of the pet detective we have tried almost everything mentioned. The Animal Control officer in Marlboro calls me once a week to check in and see if we have found him. I have been calling Helmetta every day and have given them my flyer with the hope that maybe Manalapan/Freehold Animal Control will find him. With the all the freezing weather we have had and with it being almost 4 weeks that my little guy is gone we have little hope of finding him alive and now we would just like closure. So -please be on the look out for anything you may see on the side of the road that may be a dog. I know it sounds morbid and may sound strange but knowing for sure that he has crossed over to Rainbow Bridge would stop us from looking every time we go out walking or driving. It is such stress and anxiety and I wouldn't wish this type of pain on my worst enemy. Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to post and offer support and suggestions. It is greatly appreciated and really helped knowing there are caring people out there that love animals as much as I do.
Trisha January 28, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Hi Laurie, I'm not sure if this was mentioned, but did you give the mail carrier, paper delivery person, meter readers, and any contractors your flyer? Also, put a shirt that you slept in, sealed in a ziploc bag, so you scent stays on. This way, when you go to the area where he may be, take the shirt out, and he'll know it's you. You may be able to try a tracking service. Try Lisa Nazarenko on FB. She can give you a lot of info, too. Good Luck!
TRISH LANE February 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
He wasnt lost as a result of the hurricane (atleast dont think so) but will post him there to see if we get any new leads. Another tip includes putting sign and flyers available in your Front Yard -- MISSING DOG -- that way people know to keep lookiing for him as people drive around your neighborhood. Churches, pharmacies, and grocery stores are also helpful places to post. One of our hurricane cats had been taken in by nice elderly couple who didnt do internet and didn't drive much -- but they went to church and saw post and kitty was home that evening. Prayers he is safe and warm and home soon!!! My Best, Trish
Laurie Amato February 05, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Thank you Trish!! Still hopingand praying that we get him back. Appreciate you taking the time to post the above for me.
Debbie Jadach February 08, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I think I saw this dog running on 520 last thursday I srove behind him slowly so nobody would hit him..he darted into the parking lot bt a and p I drove in to try and get him in my car so I could find the owner but he ran off onto 35 northbound side and kept going....I hope this info helps...I hope you find your furbaby : (
Laurie Amato February 08, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Hi Debbie - Bad news is: the dog you saw was not Douglas. :-( Good news is: I just spoke to Anthony at animal control and he caught the dog you saw near the A & P. He is a Jack Russell and is now at the Helmetta animal shelter. Just thought I would let you know that the dog is now safe and hopefully he will be returned with his owner.
Stacey Santos February 21, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Hi Laurie, Our house cat got out once. We put up flyers and went searching for 5 days. One suggestion was to put his carrier outside with unwashed clothing of the person he sat on or next to most often. I had nothing to lose, so I did it. That night he did find his way back. It may have been a coincidence but I'll always wonder. I really hope your baby comes home. Keeping my eyes open.
Karen Bishop February 21, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I'm in Old Bridge ,, someone please post to my page Animal Army,, i can't from my phone
Joyce Gronoistasky-Ditzel February 22, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I just posted this on your page, Karen.

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