Family searches for missing dog following cryptic voicemail
PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- A family's 2-week search for their missing dog took a strange turn after they received a voicemail in which an unidentified man claimed to have first-hand knowledge of the animal's fate.
The Trailors have been aggressively searching for Champ, their 3-year-old pure bred Boston Terrier, who went missing April 9. "He got out under a fence, and it was in the afternoon, and we thought he would come back quickly," said Andrew Trailor.
The owner hired a company called Pet Amber Alert that printed dozens of fliers and posted them throughout the Trailors' Pinecrest neighborhood. Then, last weekend, they received the following voicemail: "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but your dog is dead. He was killed accidentally, and instantaneously and, I think, painlessly. That's all I can tell you. It was buried with dignity, and I'm certainly sorry to have to tell you and your family."
Andrew Trailor refuses to believe Champ is dead. "No. I don't, I don't," he said. Since there were no details in the voicemail, he thinks whoever left the message wants the family to stop their intense search for Champ.
In addition to distributing the fliers, Pet Amber Alert called over 1,000 numbers on the Trailors' behalf.
Andrew believes Champ is alive and well, and whoever has him doesn't want to give him back. He still has no clue who left the voicemail. "We tried to use the caller ID and the reverse call, and we ended up calling the Nordstrom at Dadeland Mall," he said. "I immediately went to Nordstrom, and I talked to security there. They were very nice, [but] they had no record."
Andrew suspects the caller used an app that changes the caller's voice and number. He has a message for the caller. "If you have him, bring him home. [I'll give you] $1,500, no questions asked."
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