Eastman residents on lookout after dozens of dogs disappear

Allegations that more than 45 dogs have gone missing from rural homes in Eastman over the last several months have pet owners on edge across the region and on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Garytt Morfoot said his place of work south of Anola has had two of their three dogs go missing. Both dogs, golden retrievers, have been unaccounted for since Dec. 21. Garett Aubin is one of the neighbors to have his dogs disappear. His two-year-old black lab and his brother’s size-year-old husky cross went missing Nov. 26. “Having six dogs missing within one square mile is more than a coincidence,” Morefoot said.

Const. Ron Fehr of the Oakbank detachment said police are more than willing to investigate a report of a missing dog, but if there is no evidence of wrongdoing there is not much they can do.

“There area allegations, there a lot of comments made, but at this point there is no evidence to suggest the dogs were stolen,” Fehr said. “I’m not saying we’re not concerned. Most of us are dog owners too, but if there’s no evidence, if a dog has not been injured and there is no proof, there is not much for us to investigate.”

Ashley, owner of nine-year-old dog that disappeared near her family’s home near Oakbank, said she respects the position of the RCMP. As such, she is urging pet owners of missing animals to come forward and provide evidence and information if possible.

“We want all the people with first person information to come forward,” Ashley said. “Until people start filing complaints at their local REMP detachment and link these incidents together, there will be no resolution.”

Article condensed from Mark T. Buss’s report in the January 14, 2013 Clipper.

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