UPDATE: New information about vehicle may lead to finding lost dog
UPDATE POSTED 10:30 A.M. JULY 14, 2021
PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – New information may help find a missing poodle whose loss has devastated a Texas family.
A woman has told the family and the organizers of the search that she saw an older model Chevrolet Suburban driven by a man pick up a dog that looked like a poodle in the area of 5050 Paris Pike last week where Teela would have come out on the road after running across a farm near where she ran off after being scared by fireworks on July 4.
The vehicle is described as a two-tone Suburban with a tan top and a darker brown body.
Anyone with information about the SUV or Teela should call 1-888-MY-TEELA (1-888-698-3352).
UPDATE POSTED 9 A.M. JULY 13, 2021
PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – The owners of a poodle that went missing out of Paris are now back home in Texas without their beloved pet, and they’re raising the reward to find her.
WTVQ reported last week that six-year-old Teela she ran away from her owners, Robert and Diana Autenreith. They were visiting family in Paris on July 4 and she was scared away due to loud fireworks.
Robert said Teela helps him heal as he continues battling a rare autoimmune disease. The pair had to get back home for a scheduled treatment, but they aren’t giving up. They’re now offering a $5,000 reward to return her home.
They’re asking anyone with footage or pictures to let them know.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW:
PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Diana and Robert Auntenrieth didn’t imagine that when they took the nearly 20 hour trip from Texas to Paris, they would face the possibility of returning home without their beloved dog, Teela.
“Every day that goes by I thought it was going to easier. It only gets harder,” Diana said. “You always think about – hearing dogs getting lost, but you don’t feel it like when you miss your own.”
The couple, who once lived in Kentucky, came back to visit family for the Fourth of July.
During the celebration, they said a neighbor started setting-off firecrackers, and they describe the noise more like cannons.
“The entire ground shook,” Diana said.
“It was kinda confusing yelling, ‘Teela, Teela’ and all this stuff still going off and it was hard to get my voice, or our voice, through,” Robert said.
They assume the noise scared Teela off, and the search has been on ever since.
The Auntenrieth’s even hired a professional dog catcher.
The couple says losing Teela is sad not only because she’s been with them for 6 years, but she’s been Robert’s strength in fighting a rare disease, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, in which the body doesn’t produce enough healthy blood cells.
“When she looks at me in the eye and says ‘let’s go; I need you. Let’s go for a walk,’ that’s what inspired me to become healthy and take joy in life,” Robert said.
Now, he’s afraid he won’t take those daily-five-mile treks, but they’re not giving up yet. They plan to send blood hounds out soon, and are offering a $1,000 reward.
“No questions asked. If you have her, please return her,” Diana said.
“All we’re really asking is that you understand that she’s loved and she’s needed,” Robert said.
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