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Food stations set up for missing service dog, Finley

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:49:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 06:29:23 PM CST

The all-out search for a missing service dog in Berks County continues for a second straight day.

SPRING TWP., Pa. -

The all-out search for a missing service dog in Berks County continues for a second straight day.

Several sightings of Finley, a golden retriever, have been reported around the Spring Township and Wyomissing areas since he took off from his owner Tuesday night, but no one has had success in retrieving the dog.

Volunteers from as far away as Harrisburg continued their search Thursday to find the 2-year-old service dog.

"He started not even running, just kind of moved away with so much commotion, and people started to chase him and then he ran," said Denice DeAntonio, who added that having Finley by her side helps her balance.

DeAntonio, who suffered a stroke in 2008, has been Finley's owner for only two weeks.

"He retrieves items for me. I can go up and down stairs with ease with him. So, improve my whole quality of life," said DeAntonio.

A volunteer on Thursday found a plastic bag in the woods behind the Kohl's store in Spring Township with Finley's identification card and wet naps, police said.

"We basically brought a bunch of our service dogs over here who knew Finley and we started going through the woods," said Dustin Feldman, coordinator with Amazing Tails LLC, based in Chester County.

A dog tracker from Bern Township brought his dog Eibe to help join with the search.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County has also set up food stations in areas where it believes Finley might be hiding. Since Finley has been without food and water for nearly 48 hours, Feldman said they fear the dog is becoming weak.

"We think he's trying to find somewhere to go inside to find water," said Feldman.

DeAntonio said the support she has received has been an answer to her prayers.

"People have been amazingly supportive in the community," said DeAntonio.

If you spot Finley, officials ask that you do not chase him, but call his name in a friendly voice. You should then call DeAntonio at 610-914-1212 or Feldman at 610-316-9193.