Last November, Tom and Alice Matthews’ car was stolen with their dog resting in a dog crate in the back seat.
Their car was found two days later in Missouri, but Mattie, a 13-year-old white Lhasa Apso-American Eskimo mix, was nowhere to be found. His traveling crate was discovered in a St. Louis cemetery. Two men were charged in the car theft, but they said they did not know anything about the couple’s dog.
The couple has offered a $25,000 reward for Mattie’s return, but unfortunately, there have been no leads in his disappearance. During this past year, the Matthews have traveled back and forth to Missouri to find any information on Mattie.
The family has spent $2,000 on printing missing posters for the insides of hundreds of buses, and they have copied more than 7,000 fliers and send out hundreds of mailers. They have spent around $10,000 on travel costs to go back and forth from Michigan to Missouri. The couple even transported a search dog from Alabama.
“We have no regrets,” said Tom Matthews. “If we can get him back alive, it will have been worth it. â€¦ And I’d have no problem paying the reward.”
The couple has received dozens of tips about Mattie. They are also getting help from Stray Rescue, the Missouri Humane Society and other volunteers including a dog behaviorist and animal communicators.
Even though Mattie hasn’t been found, there has been a silver lining to all of the searches for Mattie — more than 50 similar-looking white dogs have been found that were lost or abandoned. About 40 of the dogs have ended up in new homes, and the others have been returned to their owners.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch