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Search underway for missing mastiff

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Courtesy Photo | Tucker, an 11-month-old mastiff from Stonewall, is missing.
Courtesy Photo | Tucker, an 11-month-old mastiff from Stonewall, is missing.
Courtesy Photo | Tucker, an 11-month-old mastiff from Stonewall, is missing.

Have you seen Tucker?

That’s what a Stonewall family is asking the public after their beloved pet went missing Monday evening. Tucker, an 11-month-old mastiff, was in the outdoor play area at the Pineridge Veterinarian Clinic, located on Highway 171 in Stonewall, when he went missing.

The McConathy family took the dog along with another mastiff to the clinic for boarding before they went on vacation. They received a call around 5:30 p.m. July 7 that the dog was gone.

“Our emotions are up and down,” Julie McConathy said. “We have never boarded them before, but we were on our way to Hot Springs for vacation. We were there about 5 minutes before we got the news and we turned around and came back home.”

Family members immediately began searching for Tucker in the Stonewall area. Since then, they have expanded the search to Bossier Parish after a reported sighting on Landau Lane Wednesday morning.

“We got a call from a lady that said she saw a dog that fit his description in her front yard,” Julie said. “We drove around the neighborhood and saw several people outside, but none of them had seen him. It’s such a big subdivision that most had only heard about it this morning.”

Julie said she has left flyers at several businesses in the northern Shed Road area just in case. She’s also visited Bossier City Animal Control and made them aware of the search.

For now, the McConathys will continue their efforts on the ground and on social media. Their hope is that someone will come forward with information about their family pet.

“We just have to kind of wait and see what kind of response we get,” Julie said. “We’re focused on finding him and that gets us through the day. I don’t know what else we can do.”

Despite his size, Julie says Tucker is very sweet and friendly. He answers to his name (Tucker), knows what a treat is and is supposed to be wearing a brown leather collar with the family’s information on it.

“He’s just a big puppy. He’s never been anywhere or been with anyone else but us,” Julie said. “I’m sure that he’s scared and we’re just hoping that someone sees him or that someone is taking good care of him until they give him back to us.”

The McConathys are offering a $3,000 reward for Tucker’s safe return.

“He’s not a show dog or anything like that. He’s just ours and we want him home,” Julie added.

Anyone with information on Tucker’s whereabouts are asked to immediately call Julie McConathy at (318) 201-0285; Brittany McConathy at (318) 201-4533; or Mallory McConathy at (318) 201-3886.