WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the dogs staying at a boarding facility in Wyoming that was damaged by an EF-1 tornado Sunday is still on the loose.
Katherine Snyder, who owns The Well Mannered Dog Center in the 5900 block of Clay Avenue SW, said Monday she believed that all of the dogs were accounted for after the facility sustained heavy damage in the tornado.
But on Tuesday, a dog named Puckett was still missing. Snyder said it had been spotted multiple times in the 10 to 20-block area around the boarding center.
“We miss him and we love him and we hope we get him back so we can take him home,” Puckett’s owner Barbara Shenton said.
Puckett is described as a 65-pound Labrador/Border Collie mix with tan and white fur and a red collar with Vermont tags.
He’s not familiar with the area, and was staying at the kennel for a couple of days while his family went to Ludington. They had been in the Grand Rapids area visiting family.
When the tornado hit, the dogs at The Well Mannered Dog Center were moved to a neighboring building by an employee before animal control officers arrived. While that building’s doors had been blown off, Snyder said there was a dry area inside for the dogs.
Animal control showed up around 1:30 a.m. to take the dogs that had not been picked up by their owners to the Kent County Animal Shelter for safety reasons, Snyder said.
None of the dogs transported to the shelter or picked up by their owners were hurt.
Joe Dainelis, a supervisor with the Kent County Animal Control, said his crews are looking for Puckett.
“We feel responsibility to try to help them,” said Dainelis.
He said that Puckett somehow disappeared before emergency crews got to the scene.
“The building came down. There was a loud storm. It’s quite possible he was very scared. He might be hiding or trying to stay away from people, because he doesn’t know what to do,” Dainelis said.
The Well Mannered Dog Center has both electronic and paper records for each of the dogs boarded there. While the electronic records were unavailable because of computer damage, the paper records are intact, Snyder said.
Shenton said it was “upsetting” to know her dog was the only one unaccounted for.
“But at the same time, I know how fast he was and if he was freaked out, he probably just took off cause he hasn’t been to this facility before. He probably didn’t know any of the people well,” she said. “He’d probably get used to other people. He does like other people. He’s been good with other people, but I think he’d really miss us.”
Tuesday evening, 24 Hour News 8 joined in the search for Puckett, but caught only a glimpse of a dog matching his description before the animal took off.
Puckett does not have a microchip, which Kent County Animal Control recommends for every dog because they are not easily removable. The shelter will microchip a dog for $20.
Dainelis said that everyone should also get their dogs licensed. It provides extra information and is required by state law.
Anyone who has seen Puckett should call Kent County Animal Control at 616.632.7300.
Owners who have not yet picked up their dogs can do so at animal control, which is located at 740 Fuller Avenue NE in Grand Rapids.