Vacationing soldier’s lost dog found in Standish

Posted June 09, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.

STANDISH, Maine — It’s a happy ending to what could have been every dog owner’s nightmare.

Bailey, a dog that was missing for two weeks in Standish, was found Friday.

The dog’s owners were visiting Maine from Texas and were staying with relatives when she ran off last month.

Bailey’s owners had to go back to Texas while she was still missing. They’re working to bring her back home.

Jack Freitas, a Standish animal control officer, said a resident found Bailey in her chicken coop.

“The young lady had legally, several options she could have taken that wouldn’t have been a happy ending, but she was very compassionate and very loving toward Bailey, and she gave us a call immediately, and that’s how Bailey came home,” Freitas said.

Bailey’s owners, Ernie and Carla Simard are in Fort Hood, Texas, with the military. The pair said the community’s support 1,700 miles away is overwhelming.

“I think everybody knows what it’s like to have a dog be part of their family, and it really is just like any other loved one. So when they’re missing, and you’re not sure if they’re safe, it’s just heart wrenching. So I think that’s a big part of it,” Carla Simard said over the phone.

“I can’t imagine going to bed every night for weeks wondering where your dog is and what’s happened to it,” added Freitas.

The Simards can focus on bringing Bailey back to Texas.

“We’re looking into the options right now, whether it be flight or arrive with a family member during a visit, so hopefully that will start to come together in the next few weeks,” Simards said. “We’re so thrilled to just know that she’s safe and to know that she’ll be coming back here soon and be back in our little family.”

This is the third dog in the past few months that was missing and found safe near Standish.

Animal control officers remind residents that if you come across an animal, don’t approach it. Call animal control and don’t give the animal food or water.

 

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