UPDATE: Shelby has been spotted in several locations over the past couple days, including once this morning. The Vermilion Police Department (VPD) is not releasing those locations because they do not want to scare her off with an increased amount of searchers. VPD thanks everyone who has contacted the VPD or the dog's guardians with her sightings. That is exactly the help they need, her sightings being reported.
"We are taking all the necessary steps to get her back home," stated the VPD. "While we appreciate all the different suggestions on how to capture her, we have a plan set up with the organization that specializes in this kind search and are sticking to that plan. Above all else we do not want to put pressure on Shelby from people with good intentions trying to capture her on their own. We want her to become comfortable in her own range area so we can concentrate our resources in that specific area."
"So please, continue to report her sightings, that is the most important aspect of this effort," said the VPD. "With that help, we are confident that she will eventually be reunited with her family. Report sightings to the VPD 967-6116, Sgt. Holmes or the family."
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.”