UPDATE: Witnesses saw a man in a brown and tan Suburban pick up a white dog near Paris Pike
WARREN TAYLOR | Citizen Staff
A Texas couple seeks the return of their dog who went missing over the Fourth of July holiday.
Diana and Robert Auntenrieth traveled from Texas with their dog, Teela, to visit family in the Bourbon County area.
Diana told WTVQ in Lexington that during the festivities a neighbor set off firecrackers and she assumes that the noise scared the dog off.
The dog’s disappearance is particularly difficult for Robert. He told WTVQ that Teela is his emotional rock as he battles Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare disease that prevents the body from producing healthy blood cells.
“When she looks at me in the eye and says ‘let’s go; I need you. Let’s go for a walk,’ that’s what inspired me to become healthy and take joy in life,” he said.
The Autenenrieths are offering a $5,000 reward and have set up a Facebook page, Bring Teela Home, where people can provide tips or help spread the message. Persons with information about the dog’s whereabouts can also call 1-888-698-3352 or 1-888-MY-TEELA (1-888-698-3352).
The Facebook page describes Teela as a white 5-year-old poodle/Maltese mix. She was wearing a collar with information and she has been chipped. The dog is also suffers from pancreatitis and requires daily medication.