by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
UPDATE: Luca has been reunited with his family.
CALDWELL WEST CALDWELL, NJ - On Monday evening at about 9pm, Luca - a large black and white greyhound/lab mix - slipped out of his collar and ran away in the vicinity of Hatfield Street in Caldwell.
Luca's family member, Carley Tortoriello, describes him as all black with a white chest. He was last seen Tuesday morning on Westville Avenue in West Caldwell.
"Please, do not chase him, he'll definitey run away from you,"
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Sugar - a yellow lab mix - got loose from the home she was being babysat at in Little Falls. Sugar's family describes her as yellow with a dark stripe running down center of her back. She was last seen at 23 Center Street in Little Falls.
UPDATED: Reunited with family.
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Thursday afternoon, Megan Hillery discovered a female Yorkie walking along Pier Lane near Little Falls Road in Fairfield. The little dog was seen by a veterinarian and was determined to be about 4-years old, in good health and not micro-chipped.
Hillery said that the dog did not have a collar on and has no other identification.
Anyone with information about the missing dog is asked to call:
“Our girl Maggie had one heck of an adventure!”
ROSELAND, NJ - It's not often roads are closed and strangers come from neighboring counties to attempt to locate a missing pet, but that's exactly what happened today when the West Essex area community - and beyond - came out in full force to support the Corcoran Family, of Roseland, as they searched for their lost dog,
The family spent the last 24-hours
intensely searching for their black Labrador Retriever after she ran away late Saturday afternoon while they were all together visiting a friend’s house on Birch Drive, in Roseland. While the Corcoran's were prepared to keep Maggie inside and monitor her during the nightly fireworks which would go off at sundown, nothing prepared them for a resident setting off their own intensely loud fireworks in the street yesterday around 6pm. Maggie wasn't expecting the loud noises either, and when they began - she crashed right through the family friend’s new fence and took off running.
Immediately, the friends and family set off to chase Maggie through the streets, but they quickly lost sight of the very quick, and very frightened, dog. Just after midnight, after six hours of searching, the group decided to try again in the morning once the sun came up.
About six hours later, Essex Fells Country Club employee Edmund Korte Jr. caught sight of Maggie near Old Eagle Rock Avenue in Essex Fells.
"I saw a black lab walking on the cart path at
Soon after the Roseland Police were on patrol and came across Maggie just up the road on Ahern Way in Roseland. Although they tried to coax her into their vehicle, Maggie kept eluding them and continued running through Barton Drive and eventually made her way by 7am through Holmhill to White Oak Road, which was very close to home. The Corcoran’s, who had resumed their search at 6am, were alerted each time Maggie was seen, but by the time they arrived in one place, she was already gone.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers joined in the search hoping to at least bring good news to the family that she was seen. Posts were shared all over Facebook and Maggie’s situation was made known to all of the neighboring town police departments and country clubs. For hours, however, Maggie was not seen anywhere and the family strongly felt she was resting and possibly in someone’s backyard under a deck.
Helpful friends and complete strangers began sharing suggestions such as barbecuing bacon in the backyard to draw in Maggie, and leaving a trail of the family’s laundry outside down the road to lead her back to their home.
“The kindness of strangers was incredible,” commented Carol.
Then - at about 2pm, the family’s worst fears were realized. West Orange Police had seen Maggie near the Crossing Church on Laurel Avenue, West Orange, and from there she headed onto the shoulder of Route 280 West; although they all tried, they could not get her to come to them.
The black lab once again darted up towards Laurel Avenue and this time Roseland Police and West Orange Police worked together to attempt to corral the dog while at the same time closing down the section of Laurel Avenue closest to Route 280. Just minutes later, Maggie was seen running through the Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, and the Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland, which are neighboring properties on Laurel Avenue.
While some of the family had followed up on an erroneous lead that Maggie may have been seen in West Caldwell, the rest focused on calling Maggie to them in the area around Laurel Avenue.
“We searched and searched but couldn't locate her,”
Two police departments and a large search party all gathered in the area of Crestmont hoping to grab up Maggie if she ran by them. Then Ryan, 13, who had remained at the Corcoran house, called his Mom to let her know that he had just gotten a visit from a neighbor who lived on Birch Drive, the street where Maggie had begun her travels. The neighbor related that, strange enough, her family was positive that Maggie was in a nearby brook on Birch cooling off.
“We were sure we were about to have her at the golf course," Carol commented,
Carol and a family friend, Brian O’Neill, headed right over to the brook and were finally able to gather up the most-likely exhausted Maggie. Carol’s husband Mike arrived and he and their son, Michael, 16, had to carry Maggie out of the brook and back home where she was happily reunited with all of the family. Happiest of all was their littlest son, Jack, who had waited at home the whole time and had never given up hope of seeing Maggie again.
Maggie's Travels at least took her to:
“Maggie is such a huge part of our family and we want to thank all of our friends, family, West Essex Now, Facebook community, strangers
FAIRFIELD, NJ - On Friday afternoon, Brinda Lydecker Kostro realized that her Yorkshire Terrier, Rocky, had gotten loose at her place of business at Exide Technologies which is located in the industrial park near the airport at 12 Dwight Place, Fairfield. Kostro explained it was "Take Your Dog to Work Day" and at some point Rocky became nervous and ran outside through an open door. The Fairfield and West Caldwell Police have been notified, along with area shelters and animal hospitals. The family is offering a reward for information leading to finding Rocky again.
I am a single mom of a handicapped son and
$500 reward for information leading to finding Rocky
It was "Bring Your Dog to Work Day, so I did," said Kostro.
UPDATE: RJ is HOME ~ Missing Jack Russell Terrier Last Seen Monday Night Taken by Two Males into Black Nissan, on Northfield Avenue, Livingston
UPDATE - Friday, June 19
RJ was seen earlier this morning running in the area of Greenwood and Fellswood road in Livingston. A resident, who didn't recognize the dog, posted the photo on Facebook, and many readers recognized RJ and contacted the Farrell family. It took a couple more hours but with the help of Michael Torsiello they were able to get RJ to stop running and return her home again.
It is not clear if at some point the males who originally took her in their car, then let her go on her own again.
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Monday evening, members of the Farrell family realized that their Jack Russell Terrier, RJ, had gotten out of their Burnet Street backyard, in Livingston. After searching the neighborhood, they learned that she had last been seen running up and down the middle of Northfield Avenue, which is near their home. Witnesses reported to the family that they saw her being chased by two young men who then caught RJ and brought her into their black Nissan. The family is offering a reward for information leading to finding RJ again.
LAST SEEN TAKEN BY
"RJ is our family's Jack Russel terrier,"
$2000 reward for information leading to finding RJ
UPDATE - Kenya has been reunited with her family.
ROSELAND, NJ - A "sweet, sweet" black colored dog, possibly a Labrador, was found at about 5:30pm Thursday afternoon in Roseland Green in Roseland. The Roseland Police have been notified and the resident who found her is currently housing the dog until her owners can be located. The resident says the dog is an older female, who did not have any collar or identification on her.
Anyone with information should contact the Roseland Police at 973-226-8700.
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
UPDATE: Friday 9:15am, the dog has been reunited with this family.
FAIRFIELD, NJ - A black male dog was found earlier today on John Street in Fairfield. The police have been notified but a family is fostering the dog in their Fairfield home for now.
The family believes the dog to be about one or two years old and states it appears to be very friendly. The dog was found with a blue collar on, but no other identification.
Updated 3:40pm Sunday
The North Caldwell Police confirmed the puppy has been reuinted with his family.
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Friday night, this friendly dog was found on Spruce Road in North Caldwell. It had no collar or tags on and the gender was not known.
Anyone with information about the dog should contact the North Caldwell Police at 973-226-0800.
Updated 7:22pm Tuesday
Pepper, the eight-months-old puppy that was found on Monday, has been reunited with his owners. He apparently had crawled under the fence early that morning and got out from his West Caldwell back yard. The owners said they were very grateful to the early morning jogger who found him and expressed their appreciation of everyone who had shared his photo. Pepper has been under the watchful care of the Wayne Animal Shelter for the past two days.
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This little dog was found early Monday morning by a jogger who came upon it at the corner of Park Avenue and Sylvan Way in West Caldwell. It had no collar or tags on and the gender was not known. Anyone with information about the dog who was described as "very friendly" should contact the West Caldwell Police at 973-226-4114.