MILLBROOK – A family just moving to Nova Scotia was devastated when their beloved family pet went missing from a vehicle during their first stop in the province.
Donna McDonald and her family were moving from British Columbia and had parked between the Needs and Tim Hortons in Millbrook to have lunch on May 27, leaving their German shepherd husky mix Kaylah in a white Ford F150. The windows were only down three to four inches, but when they got back to the vehicle the four-year-old dog was gone.
The doors had been locked but McDonald believes someone may have reached inside and unlocked a door to let her pet loose.
"We've had her since she was eight weeks old and she's part of our family," said McDonald. "I'm very attached to her and miss her terribly. There have been sightings of her and I've travelled to the area (from her home in St Margaret's Bay) to search for her after the sightings but have had no luck."
Kaylah is tan and black with white on her paws and was wearing a blue collar. She was spotted on Industrial Avenue on May 31 and last Sunday and Monday was reported to have been seen on Fern Drive in Millbrook.
McDonald said Kaylah might be cautious around strangers, as she has not spent much time around people other than her family, but she is friendly. She believes the best way to get her to approach would be to crouch down and call her by name.
Kaylah is listed on the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network website and Facebook page, which has listed 470 dogs who went missing and were later reunited with their families since January 2011.
"Little did we know how many lost dogs there were in Nova Scotia," said Ann Morrison, one of the founders of the organization.
She recommends using tags and microchips and says that found dogs are technically the property of a municipality after 72 hours and that most municipalities in the province make them available for rehoming after that time.
Anyone with information on Kaylah's wherabouts is asked to call Donna McDonald at 902-877-0249.