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Owner Suspects Missing Dog Was Stolen on Christmas Eve in Glen Rock

The Gilligans, of Glen Rock, are prepared to offer a reward for the return of their elderly dachshund mix, Edina.

A Glen Rock couple are seeking the whereabouts of their beloved dog, whom they suspect was snatched from their property around midnight on Christmas Eve.

Edina, a frail and deaf dachshund-Papillon mix, has never in her 15 years been known to wander off, according to the owners. Paula Gilligan said her husband let the dog out at about 1 a.m. to go to the bathroom in the yard of their Fairview Road home. She hasn't been seen since.

"I believe she was taken," Paula said. "We were finishing up preparations for Christmas morning and when he went to get her she was gone. It's a very bizarre situation .... she is old and never wandered off."

The family – which searched the area for hours but came up empty-handed – is prepared to offer a reward for information leading to the return of Edina.

Anyone with information can reach out to Paula Gilligan at 917-414-9928.

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lee resnick December 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Sorry Cute dog
JAFO December 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Q. Who "takes" a 15 year old frail and def dog at 1am? A: A coyote
Ridgewooder December 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hee hee!
Sheryl December 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM
As a pet parent myself I can say that my heart goes out to your family. It's hard to believe someone would take someone's pet. I hope you Edina finds her way back to you. And if someone did take her, I will pray for that person, because he must be a very sick and needy individual to do such a terrible thing. That person needs a lot of help.
Mikka H December 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Sorry to say but I think JAFO is right....there's quite a few around there days...
Marissa December 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Is it me or does this not Make any sense? Did they let her out at 1am and not go to bring her back in until that morning? It's freezing out how do you leave an old dog outside in the cold for hours?
Maureen Casey December 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
It didn't say until morning, it said "finishing up preparations for Christmas morning". I know a few people who do let their well trained dogs out, without fear of them leaving the property. My dogs never leave the property, but I am too afraid to let them out of my site.
jp1 December 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
A coyote is probably right , but let us not forget about how many idiots are out there also.
RB December 28, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Ridgewooder Finding this post funny makes me wonder what type of person you are. I wonder how you would feel if it was one of your family members that was missing.
Isabel December 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Animals usually go off somewhere to die on their own. Could that have been a possibility? So sorry for your loss though. It's a heartbreaking scenario regardless of the reason behind why...
Lauren Imbruglia December 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I am so sorry... we thought we had a kitty that had wandered off the other night and we were frantic about it. He was found in the house, safe and sound, but it was the worst feeling. I pray that you soon find comfort.
milly December 29, 2012 at 05:46 PM
BTW coyotes only go after animals and children when they are much smaller....
Elizabeth Cox December 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Ridgewooder is a disaster and should not be allowed to post on this site at all. whoever it is , is rude & obnoxious-
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J.C. Lee December 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I am a life long equestrian & animal lover. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a pet, they are no a possession they are a family member. A fellow equestrian friend of mine is an investigator with A.S.P.C.A. (http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/animal-precinct/humane-law-enforcement.aspx) I recently shared this story her & she tells me the most common victims of pet theft are purebred dogs. Their pedigree has street value that can fetch thousands of dollars. Pets may be sold & shipped to puppy mills to be used for breeding. German Shepherds, Doberman’s & Pit Bulls are often stolen to be used as "bait dogs" to train fighting dogs. Perhaps even more common is theft by an estranged family member who may feel that have a right to possess the animal. More likely however, is that the poor dog met with foul play.
Andrea December 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM
so sad... is it possible that your dog curled up in a pile of leaves and fell asleep. dogs have been known to commit suicide. maybe it was her time... very morbid, but did you really check the property : ( my condolences
barbara January 03, 2013 at 06:51 AM
I am an owner of 3 small breed dogs who are all over the age of 12 years. I am so very sorry for your loss, however as a fellow pet owner, I agree with previous posts that a 15 year old dog should never be outside alone without being walked on a leash. The risk is just too great for a dog of that age to be left alone. I pray your precious family member is found safe and sound. Keep patch devotees apprised of any further developments. In the meantime.....I will pray for a happy outcome for this helpless pet.

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