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October 5, 2013

Dog has been on the run for 8 weeks

Dog spotted 32 miles from where he disappeared two months ago

SALEM, N.H. — For two months, Diana Chamberlin has been wondering and worrying about her lost dog, Bear — desperately hoping they will be reunited.

In mid-August, the 4-year-old collie-cattle dog mix took off after he and Chamberlin’s boyfriend, Henry Ladner, were involved in a car accident in Raymond. Neither were seriously hurt.

Bear was placed in a firetruck while emergency personnel handled the accident. But he dashed for freedom when the door was opened and Chamberlin, who lives in Nottingham, has been awaiting his return ever since.

Shortly after the crash, Bear was spotted in Hampstead, then Derry.

For the last two weeks, he has been spotted at least 50 times in Salem, but runs away when approached, according to Holly Mokrzecki, founder of Granite State Dog Recovery.

“We need to find this dog,” she said yesterday.

Mokrzecki’s all-volunteer organization works with the public, animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians and animal control officers to reunite dog owners with their lost pets throughout New England.

More than 1,000 posters seeking Bear’s return have been posted throughout Southern New Hampshire, she said.

When people see a lost dog, they should call the organization or post where the dog was seen on its Facebook page. The page, which features photos of the animals, also highlights the successful return of pets through the many tips it receives.

The collaborative effort has led to 1,000 dogs being reunited with their owners this year alone, Mokrzecki said.

Late yesterday morning, Bear was spotted on Ermer Road. He was also seen at about 10 p.m. Thursday on Zion Hill Road and Arcadia Lane — about two miles from Ermer Road.

Earlier in the day, Bear was seen running across heavily traveled North Broadway, near Route 97 and Canobie Lake Park. It’s more than 30 miles from where he disappeared two months ago.

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