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Roaming Dog Case Study... Lacy
Lacy, a puppy mill survivor was roaming for nine days...

Lacy was recovered after 9 days on the roam

The story from Lacy's guardian...

Just to give everyone a little background, we rescued Lacy for WIN in October from a mill in KS. Like many puppy mill survivors, Lacy was badly matted, in need of vet care, and very  un-socialized. So many things scared poor Lacy, but we knew that with some love and patience, in time she would overcome the scars from the mill. Lacy was placed in a foster home. However, one night, a door was left open, and Lacy seized the opportunity and bolted.

The search for Lacy began immediately. Along with the foster family, their extended family, our friends and fellow rescuers, Pat and Larry, Kent and I walked the area, placed posters, talked to anyone who we hoped might have seen her. We had 1 sighting, within 24 hours of Lacy's disappearance, and then nothing. We entered each new day with the hope we'd hear from someone who saw her, but that hope quickly vanished and a deep anguish and fear took its place. We were so worried. How could poor Lacy survive out there? She was not a ‘street savvy' dog. After all, she was locked up in a cage all her life, not allowed any experiences outside her 2x2 cell. And this is Nebraska in late November, when temperatures are falling well below freezing.

Then, a ray of hope. Our friends within WIN suggested Karin Tarqwyn, the canine investigator, and missing dog expert. How WIN came to know of Karin is a heartbreaking story. Little Macy had been in a situation much like Lacy, just recently. Macy was lost in TX, and despite best efforts, her story ended tragically, before we knew of Karin. Ray and Karen, best foster family in all of TX, if not in the nation, reached out to Karin.

By then, it was too late for Macy, but they did this in case this ever happened again. And when it happened with Lacy. We really didn't know what to expect at first. But after talking to Karin for over an hour, it was clear to me that she not only had the expertise, but also much passion and commitment for finding dogs gone missing.

I was prepared for the search. What I wasn't prepared for, was the experience of working with Karin's Canine investigators. Cade, Dodger, Twist, and Paco, I'll never forget them.

Thanks to all of you who have been thinking of Lacy and supporting our search for her. She is safe now, and we owe it all to Karin, Cade, Twist, Dodger, and Paco. If anyone is ever in the position of looking for a lost dog, keep Karin's info handy. I would wholeheartedly recommend this amazing team.

And little Macy, rest in peace. Your life was cut way too short, but by bringing us to Karin, you have helped save Lacy. Alma Knoll


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Lacy exhibited the following behaviour profile and characteristics:

Lacy was unfamiliar with life in the outside world. She spent all of her life in a facility in a cage situation.

Lacy is shy, skittish and fearful of people.

Lacy resorts to running or fleeing when afraid.

Due to the short duration, Lacy was not bonded to the area where she went missing.

Lacy exhibited escape behavior prior to this escape event.

Upon escaping the door, Lacy became frightened and bolted