Local pet owners go high-tech to find stolen dog
Missing dog Dallas Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Every day in communities everywhere, families lose pets and spend days posting fliers on power poles. But there's a better way.
The owner launched an impressive, online effort to get him back.
Samantha and Derek Simonds are on a mission to find Dallas. Dallas happens to be a poodle stolen from their truck in a boise parking lot last friday.
"This is our child,” said Samantha Simonds. “Can you imagine if you had a child and someone stole him from you? We're pretty upset."
Granted this child has an orange mohawk.....
"If I take him anywhere, I get stopped. I get people want to take a picture with him," she said.
In the past, the best option to find a lost pet was posting fliers. But pet searches have gone high tech.
Petamberalert.com starts by helping create a hard copy flier, but also plasters it all over the web.
"It's worked, they reached over 1250 neighbors from the location where he was last sighted, as well as over 25 businesses,” said Derek Simonds. “It was the quickest way we could notify people."
For $100, it notifies a huge number of people and businesses where your pet was lost. Tips quickly came flooding in.
“I had a lot of interest on facebook just on my personal page," said Samantha Simonds.
Several people spotted the dog who was carried by two women. Video from security cams captured the theft of Dallas.
Police are working with the Simonds but it takes time.
"I don't want to wait," she said. "If enough people are looking, he'll be seen by someone, especially when it's a dog with an orange mohawk."
The Simonds are offering $1000 reward for the return of their dog. Dallas is micro-chipped, so they're asking whoever stole him to leave him at a shelter where he can easily be identified.
You can find more information on Dallas at www.facebook.com/finddallas