Missing Dog Search Continues in Boonton
Dog scent detected near Walmart, though Jack Russell Terrier has still not been found.
The search for a missing Denville dog that was last seen over a week ago in Montville continues today with help from a pet detective from Nebraska. The location of Lando, a 9-year-old Irish Jack Russell Terrier, has been determined to be in Boonton, although the dog has not yet been found.
Lando escaped from the Wags 'n Whiskers Inn kennel, where he was being boarded, on Aug. 5, as confirmed by Wags 'n Whiskers Owner Tom Mazzacarro. Mazzaccarro said he and his family members have searched for the dog and hired Pet Detective Karin TarQwyn to help search for Lando.
"The area that the dog is in has been located," Mazzaccaro said Tuesday morning, while noting that the dog had not yet been seen by investigators.
Lando is beige with a black back and white fur around his nose and feet. He has a short tail. He is a shy dog and scares easily, TarQwyn said, so strangers should not approach him themselves. TarQwyn said her agency has classified the dog as a Shy Timid Aloof Reserved or Skiddish (STAR) dog.
"Dogs that are in that situation won't allow a stranger to approach," she said. "We need that phone call whereby we can get that pet owner in front of him."
TarQwyn has five investigator dogs with her searching in Boonton, she said. Cade, TarQwyn's main search dog, picked up Lando's scent near Walmart after recognizing it from Lando's dog bed and collar.
While Lando's owner, Cindy Kramer, and her friends and volunteers have searched for Lando since Aug. 5, Tuesday's search with TarQwyn and her investigator dogs began at about 9:30 a.m. in Montville. But the search quickly moved to Boonton after TarQwyn and the dogs began investigating a tip from a young boy who said he spotted a dog that looked like Lando by the water tower at about 1 p.m. Sunday.
"From where he left, from the point of escape, that's history," TarQwyn said. "We're trying to catch up on history."
TarqQwyn said she has done preliminary investigation work near the railroad tracks and in two parks and said she will continue to look for the dog along with the owners and volunteers. Mazzaccarro said now that the investigators have located the area the dog is in, they will continue to work to capture Lando.
"The hard part isn't finding the dog, it's capturing the dog," he said.
If you see a dog matching Lando's description, do not approach him, as he scares easily around strangers. Instead, call owner Cindy Kramer at 973-219-0182.