Reward offered for return of show dog
A microchip can be used to identify the corgi.
By KATIE LIBECCO
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
AUSTINTOWN -- After the disappearance of one of her dogs during The Steel Valley Cluster Dog Show in Canfield over the weekend, a Seattle-area woman is asking for the Valley's help in its safe return.
When Kathy Gangi returned to her motel room Friday night after the show, her tan-and-white male corgi, Josh, disappeared.
Gangi, of Langley, Wash., has been touring with her dogs for more than three weeks and wishes to return home soon.
"I'm stuck here. I want to leave but not without knowing where Josh is," she said. "Unfortunately, we can't stay indefinitely."
The dog was lost near Starbucks Coffee and Motel 6 on state Route 46 in Austintown. After being startled Friday night, Josh ran off into a field across the street and has not been seen since.
Attempts to find him that night, even with the help of the other dogs he lives with, were unsuccessful.
"I have no idea if he's alive or dead. I just want to know. I have a feeling someone thought he was a stray," Gangi said. "There haven't been any sightings."
When last seen, Josh had a leash still attached to his green plaid nylon collar.
The corgi breed is characteristically low to the ground with very short legs. Corgis do not have any tail and have a medium-length coat.
Josh was not wearing registration tags when he disappeared, because he had been entered in the show.
"I am concerned that someone picked him up, thinking that he was just a stray," Gangi said. "People might not realize that he has an owner, that he's a show dog."
She is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of Josh.
Anyone who has found or seen Josh is asked to call Animal Hospital Inc. at (440) 946-2800. Animal Hospital accepts calls 24 hours a day. Anyone with information may also call Dan Hartman at (216) 402-3477.
Josh has a microchip that may be used to identify him. Anyone who finds Josh may take him to a veterinarian who could detect the microchip and return him to his owner.
"It's devastating. I have no idea how else to put it," Gangi said.