The non-profit organization Friends of Fido that operates out of the Mahoning County Dog Pound and a private citizen with a search dog are currently going through the Beaver Township Nature Preserve off Route 165 searching for a black and tan chihuahua that was allegedly dumped by an owner who could no longer take care of the animal.
Tish Dillon-Wensel, a Friends of Fido volunteer, said a woman tried to drop off a total of four dogs to the Mahoning County Dog Pound on Sunday, but was told to come back on Monday because the pound couldn’t accept the dogs at the time.
Dillon-Wensel said instead of returning to the pound on Monday, the woman ditched the puppies, including two chihuahuas, a Jack Russell terrier and a brindle corgi, at the nature preserve.
Dillon-Wensel said people living near the nature preserve notified Friends of Fido on Monday that dogs were running loose in the area. On Monday, the group managed to catch three of the four dogs, but are now continuing to search for the black and tan chihuahua.
Dillon-Wensel said that dog was last seen about 1,000 feet from the nature preserve’s pavilion near a wood chip pile. Helping in the search is Christina Stroup, the owner of a search dog.
Stroup said the chihuahua they’re looking for suffers from seizures and is supposed to be on medication. She and the Friends of Fido organization are encouraging residents in the area to be on the lookout for the dog and to get in contact with the Mahoning County Dog Warden or Friends or Fido if they see or capture the chihuahua.
According to the Friends of Fido Facebook page, the Mahoning County Dog Warden has located the person responsible for dumping the dogs, and charges could be filed.