Shelby Still Missing After Fleeing From House Fire
June 27, 2019 at 11:19 am
UPDATE: Shelby has not been captured yet. She has been missing for more than 20 days since she fled her home after a house fire. There have been numerous sightings over the past 3 weeks, some confirmed and some not. The Vermilion Police Department and Shelby's family really appreciate everyone who has called in a sighting. There were some reports that she may have made her way to Elyria or Amherst, but these were not confirmed. Vermilion residents are encouraged to continue calling the VPD with sightings at (440) 967-6116, or contact Sgt. Holmes directly.
“We appreciate the suggestions on different ways to capture her, but we are working with an organization that has had great success in the past with these types of cases and are following their plan,” stated Sgt. Holmes. “But, unfortunately these things take time. If you see Shelby, please call, do not chase her. Shelby has been roaming a large area of the city, basically from Liberty Avenue south to Cooper Foster Park Road, and from Vermilion Road to Baumhart Road; roughly that huge square area. But she could show up anywhere.”
“Thank you to everyone who has called and everyone who is keeping an eye out for her,” said Sgt. Holmes. “Shelby is a member of her owner’s family and they need their family member back.”
Three dogs were evacuated from a house on fire on Roanoke Drive at Regina Drive by the Vermilion Fire Department Chief and assisting neighbors on June 8, 2019. One of the dogs, Shelby, was frightened and ran from the area.
The family is still desperately searching for her. Remi’s Pet Recovery, an organization that specializes in the recovery of lost companion animals, particularly hard to capture dogs, is assisting with finding the dog. They are working with the dog's guardians and the Vermilion Police Department to help recover Shelby. The family and Remi’s Pet Recovery organizers have asked everyone to keep an eye out for her. If she is spotted, please contact the VPD at (440) 967-6116 to report the sighting. VPD has asked residents to not call out to her or chase her as she is very skittish.
“We need sightings only so that the search teams can concentrate on that area,” stated the VPD.
Shelby is a female German Shepherd and is approximately 2 years old. She is light colored, however she may appear dark colored now from dirt after being loose for the past week since fleeing from the house fire at her home. Shelby was a “house dog” and is not use to being out and about, so she is extremely skittish and is probably still traumatized from the house fire incident.
“Please keep looking for Shelby and report any sightings,” stated the VPD. “We need to get her home to her family.”