Reward Offered for Safe Return of Missing Dog
The O'Donnell family has been looking for Chesty, a rat terrier/beagle mix, since Nov. 16, when he got loose in the Mearns/Bristol neighborhood.
It's been two-and-a-half weeks since Chesty got loose from the O'Donnell's backyard, and the Warminster family sorely misses their beloved dog.
"I call for him every night," said John O'Donnell. "We've got two other dogs, a 7-year-old rat terrier and a chug, a chihuahua/pug mix. They want him back home."
The public was first made aware that Chesty, a rat terrier/beagle mix, had gone missing from a blog posted by Mary Alice Brancato on Nov. 19. Readers voiced their support to the family in the comments, and a few claimed to catch a glimpse of Chesty in a few different spots.
The tips did not result in the return of Chesty, unfortunately. O'Donnell has also sent out notices through his various e-mail networks, posted a message on Craigslist and hung signs around town. He has notified the Warminster, Warwick and Northampton police departments, and if Chesty turns up in one of those towns, they will call the others to end the search.
The family has now added a $100 reward for Chesty's safe return, no questions asked.
Despite the frustrating lack of leads, O'Donnell still holds out hope that Chesty is alive. O'Donnell's youngest daughter of three also shares his optimism, telling him that she would feel it if Chesty had been killed.
"I think if he had been struck and killed, someone would have found him by now and notified the police," said O'Donnell. "It feels like that someone found him and decided to keep him."