Rover, a dog missing a foreleg, is being sought in Torbay after escaping a garden with another dog.
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The owners of Rover, the three-legged dog, are so desperate to find him, his plight is the subject of a large roadside sign in Torbay.
Rover went missing about 2 1/2 weeks ago, said owner Philip Jones, whose friend changed his sign to advertise the search for Rover.
“He’s part of the family, a really sweet dog. It’s tough,” Jones said Wednesday.
Rover, believed to be a setter-border collie mix, got out of his Torbay yard during heavy rain with Jones’ other dog, Oliver, a setter. A hinge was bent on the gate of the fenced yard.
Oliver was found about an hour and a half later by a neighbour, but there was no sign of Rover, who was adopted about six years ago from Humane Services. Rover is about seven years old and is missing a front leg. He is believed to have gone missing near the cemetery on Middle Three Island Pond Road, which is near his home.
Rover is used to walking. He has no problem going on a 10-kilometre hike with Jones.
The morning after Rover disappeared, Jones said he and his father scoured the area and the river trail and there was no sign of him. They hope someone picked him up, believing him to be a stray. Otherwise, Jones fears a coyote may have got him or he may have fallen into the river while trying to keep up with Oliver.
He doesn’t think Rover got hit by a car, because if so, he wouldn’t have gotten far.
The family has gotten a lot of calls, but he said the dog people reported sighting wouldn’t go near them, which is unlike Rover.
There is another three-legged dog — with a back leg missing — living in the community as well, Jones said.
“You get the phone calls. Your hopes get up and it’s not him,” he said.
Jones said it’s thought Rover was hit by a car six years ago. He was found wandering on Empire Avenue in St. John’s with a paralyzed, raw and bloody leg.
Jones said he was told someone called a call-in radio show and a donor came forward to pay Rover’s veterinarian bill, covering the cost of the amputation.
Rover was still at the shelter a month later when Jones and his wife adopted him.