A Team Effort: Residents Help Find Pomeranian 'Tyson'
"I have been absolutely blown away by Ferndale. The people here are amazing," said Lindsay Bacigalupo, who was looking for her dog, Tyson. He was found Monday afternoon in Ferndale with the help of two residents who cornered him in a backyard.
Update 4:15 p.m.: Tyson was found on Monday afternoon and is now safe at home. His owner Lindsay Bacigalupo found him at Marshall and Hilton where two women cornered him in their backyard and called Bacigalupo. He is now home and in good care.
Bacigalupo said earlier on Monday that getting help from so many people she had never even met before was very moving.
"It makes you kind of believe in the good of mankind. People are still looking out for each other," she said. "[Tyson] means so much to me and for other people to recognize that and be willing to help out - I've been very moved by that."
12:43 p.m.: Royal Oak resident Lindsay Bacigalupo was in Las Vegas when she got a phone call from the place where her dog, Tyson, was being boarded.
The black and white Pomeranian got loose during a potty break on Saturday at the Royal Oak Animal Hospital - where he was also scheduled to be microchipped - and he's now missing in the area, with the most recent sightings in Ferndale.
"I took the red-eye home," said Bacigalupo, who is now walking the streets of Ferndale looking for her dog - who she called the "love of her life."
Residents, rescue groups offer help
But she's not alone in the search. Several local residents heard about the situation and have been walking the streets, driving around local neighborhoods and calling the dog's name softly.
"I have been absolutely blown away by Ferndale. The people here are amazing," said Bacigalupo, who is from Northern Michigan and only recently moved to Royal Oak.
Volunteers with "For the Love of Louie" - a Michigan lost pet-lookers organization - are also on the streets helping, and Bacigalupo's phone has been ringing often as people and rescue groups from all across the region have offered support.
Tyson was spotted near University High School on Sunday morning and around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at 427 East Marshall.
Rescued from a puppy mill where he had been abused, Tyson is very timid and is afraid of people. If you see him, Bacigalupo says to use a very soft voice and offer your hand (palm up). If he runs, don't chase him - just call Bacigalupo at 989.225.4570.
Facebook page offers updates
A Facebook page has been created where recent sightings and updates will be posted. "I drove for 45 min this morning around the area he was last seen. Still no sign of him," one resident, Janet, posted on the page.
"I will be able to [look] first thing in the morning!" one follower, Andrea, posted.
"I met Tyson's owner this morning... We are keeping our eyes peeled. We live over in the area he was spotted.... Ill call with any news," another follower, Amber, wrote.
How to get involved
Tyson's owners have distributed about 700 flyers in the area and a reward is being offered. For now, what they need the most are more people who want to help.
"Just open eyes and manpower on the streets," she said. "I feel like that's the best way to find him."
For more information or if you want to get involved, call 989.225.4570.