Press Article: Dog gone? Found via Internet

Dog gone? Found via Internet

Reprinted from "The Sunday Enterprise" (Brockton, Massachusetts), December 3, 2000

By Jocelyn Meek

ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER

All seemed hopeless for the Goyette family of Milton: their family pet, Casey, a 2½-year-old English springer spaniel had been missing for almost two weeks.

Newspaper ads and "Lost Dog" posters tacked up around town yielded nothing. Ten-year-old Brendan, who slept each night with Casey draped across the foot of his bed, couldn't get any rest.

The Goyettes and Brockton's animal control officers were able to bring Casey home via the Internet.

"It was the first time we've used" the Internet to reunite a lost animal and its owners, Animal Control Officer Paul Tighe said.

Every night, Casey would accompany her owner, Bob Goyette, to the Milton cemetery for a run. Goyette often let go of Casey's leash so she could romp while he ran laps, his wife, Betsy said. But on Nov. 18, Casey didn't meet up with her owner at the end of his run.

"He did a lap and all of a sudden she was gone. It was 7:30 p.m. and it was dark. So we went all over the cemetery on and off all night long, and she wasn't coming," Betsy Goyette said. "It was awful."

For days the Goyettes searched, called neighbors, posted signs and advertisements. They called dog pounds in Boston, Braintree, Randolph and surrounding communities. Brendan and his 9-year-old sister, Tori, worried.

"They were more concerned because they didn't know what had happened to (the dog). They thought she might be hurt," Goyette said of her kids. "We really had given up, we thought she wasn't coming back. There's a problem with coyotes in the town, too."

On Wednesday, Bob Goyette got an e-mail from a stranger, suggesting he try looking for Casey at The Internet Lost and Found, www.lostandfound.com.

A few clicks away, Bob Goyette found a description of a young female Springer Spaniel fitting Casey's description - white with liver colored spots.

The dog had been found in Brockton and was being held at the Animal Control Shelter on Court Street.

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