Dog escapes, goes missing during visit to Dallas-area vet's office

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by JOBIN PANICKER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:00 AM

ALLEN, Texas — Joy O'Brien is exhausted. She has walked miles and miles spreading the word about her missing dog, Midnight.

"It’s not the same," she said. "I mean, I feel like I’m missing a kid."

The last time she saw her one-and-a-half-year-old Boxer, he was going in to get neutered and micro-chipped at Allen Veterinary Hospital on February 18.  But the receptionist had her hands full with another dog, and Midnight slipped through four doors.

"Should have been four points where most dogs would stop, but it just didn’t happen," said Dr. Alan Coffman, the veterinarian.

Click for full-size posterBianca Andrich works next door. She saw the dog running and gave chase... for two hours.

"I run, and I run and run a lot... but I can’t catch him," she said.

Dr. Coffman is also heartbroken. He’s offering a $500 reward and is helping look for Midnight, too.

"You understand the pain that it is to lose a pet, and I think that's something you just don’t people to have to experience," he said.

Joy O'Brien isn't angry, but she is overwhelmed by the support. Sometimes, though, it just gets to be too much.

"I just really want my dog back," she said, sobbing.

There is food set out for Midnight all across Allen just in case he's out by a creek bed.

O'Brien said she has driven 600 miles looking for Midnight. She thinks she sees him everywhere... her mind playing tricks.

"I just want my dog back," she said.

The O'Brien family notified News 8 Sunday night that Midnight had been spotted in the Plano area.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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