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Salisbury Family Desperately Looks For Their Missing Dog

Posted: 08/11/2017 17:47:00 -04:00 Updated:
Missing, White, Closely Trimmed 11-Year-Old Bichon named Chelsea. (WBOC PHOTO) Missing, White, Closely Trimmed 11-Year-Old Bichon named Chelsea. (WBOC PHOTO)
SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury family is desperately looking for answers on the whereabouts of their 11-year-old dog, Chelsea.
The dog went missing this past Sunday and the family says they can't believe what happened next.
 
John Burkett says that last time he saw his 11 year old bichon Chelsea, she was keeping him company while he worked in the yard Sunday afternoon.
 
John says he went inside,knowing she would never wander away, but when he came back out, she was gone.
 
"She's an old dog, so she usually just sleeps inside and I didn't notice until a few hours later when we went to take her for a walk after dinner, that she was missing," he said.
 
Chelsea later turned up in a Planet Fitness parking lot miles away, Burkett thinks someone must have taken her there after she wandered out of his yard.
 
"She's never left more than 100 yards from the house in the 11 years we've had her, so I don't see her walking three miles," said Burkett. 
 
But a good Samaritan found Chelsea in that Planet Fitness parking lot and took her to an Emergency Veterinary Clinic which helped her post the dog's picture on Facebook. 
 
Shortly later, someone responded.
 
The good Samaritan, who did not want to go on camera, tells WBOC, she met the two people named Emily and Louis near The Salisbury Zoo.
 
They claimed to be the dog's owners and she said, judging by the dog's response, she had no reason to doubt them.
 
She turned the dog to the couple early Sunday evening. 
 
Burkett's daughters, Stephanie, has been posting non-stop on social media throughout this entire situation. 
 
She has a message for the people who took her dog.
 
"We just want her back, you can just give her to the humane society, you know, it's our dog, we just want her home and safe," she said. 
 
 
 
The fake owners are said to be driving a light grey Chevy Impala with a Salisbury University sticker on the back.
 
The family asks if you have any information the whereabouts of Chelsea, contact the Wicomico County Sheriffs office. 
 
 
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