Missing dog story ends well
Owner credits social media
Cynthia De Sanctis didn’t waste any time taking to social media Saturday after her dog went missing from a car that had been parked at a Rigaud gas station.
The Vaudreuil-Dorion woman says her beloved dog, Missy, a miniature poodle, was in her mother’s car one moment and gone the next.
“My mother was babysitting my dog and had her in the car when she stopped for gas,” De Sanctis said Monday. “She said there were a lot of people in line when she went in to pay and when she came back the dog was gone,” the pet owner recalled. Believing the dog had been stolen from the vehicle, De Sanctis says her mom called police who later answered the call and took a description of the pet.
“We’ve been hearing stories about this happening a lot, pets being stolen from cars. We heard about a few more cases like ours including one in Hudson,” De Sanctis said.
As quickly as she could, De Sanctis posted a plea on her Facebook page telling people her “precious dog Missy” had been stolen. She included a picture and asked people to “share” the post, or repost it on their own pages, as often as possible.
She says the message was re-posted more than 600 times, with many taking the time to offer words of support,
encouragement, advice and comfort.
Meanwhile, a woman from the area named Penny posted a story on Facebook about a little dog she and her husband had found Saturday night on an exit off Highway 30 in Vaudreuil-Dorion. ‘She is all of 6 lbs. and looks well taken care of but no collar and tags,’ Penny wrote. Despite owning four big dogs that she didn’t want to leave with the ‘sweet little thing,’ Penny kept the fluffy white dog overnight then went out Sunday to return to the area where the dog had been found. Stopping at several gas stations along the way, Penny finally left the little lost dog at a no-kill shelter on Harwood Blvd.
The worlds of social media came together no more than 24-hours after Missy went missing when people began alerting De Sanctis to Penny’s story, which had been re-posted on her page.
De Sanctis says she went to the shelter Monday morning and discovered that the little white dog Penny had found was indeed her beloved Missy and the two were reunited.
“She was so happy to see me she was shaking all over,” De Sanctis said Monday afternoon.
De Sanctis says she’s been in touch with police, who tell her they will review security cameras at the Riguad gas station to see if someone went into her mother’s car in order to grab Missy. In the meantime, De Sanctis warns other pet owners to not leave their animals alone in a vehicle.
“It’s just not worth it,” she said. When asked what message she would like to give to the hundreds of people who shared her story on Facebook, De Sanctis said: “There’s no way I would have found my dog if it wasn’t for everyone. It’s a miracle! I still believe people are good and this is the proof.” She also says she has gotten Missy and tag and a collar and that she won’t be leaving her alone in a car anytime soon.
Missy, a 6 lb. white miniature poodle went missing Saturday from a car that had been parked at a Rigaud gas station. She was reunited with her owner on Monday.