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'Very frustrating': Spooked Kamloops dog missing for weeks evades capture

Despite sightings and a professional animal rescuer, a Boston terrier named Genie has evaded capture in Kamloops since June 25, 2022.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Lisa McAndrew

A grey and white Boston terrier has been on the loose in Kamloops for an incredible five weeks now.

Genie went missing from her home in the Westsyde neighbourhood, June 25, and has been living outside, and evading capture, ever since.

“A lot of people have spent countless exhausting hours searching for her for weeks,” Nikki Milenk said. She organized a fundraiser to pay for a search for the little dog.

Genie has been spotted numerous times with the last report of her appearance made early this morning, Aug. 2, in the Bachelor Heights area of the city.

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As the hot summer temperatures continue, and more time passes, Milenk and Genie’s owner Lisa McAndrew are increasingly worried about the health and safety of the little dog.

A professional pet rescue service failed to catch Genie in a recent attempt. He tracked the dog over the long weekend and but didn't manage to catch her and has returned home to regroup before making any further attempts.

“He tried for four days and she ate some of his bait,” Milenk said. “Then she tripped one of his trap lines and the thunder spooked her and she took off again. It is very frustrating.”

Milenk and McAndrew are reaching out to the general public for help.

“She is a rescue and is skittish around people she doesn’t know,” McAndrew said. “Please check your backyards and under porches, and keep your eyes open for her when out walking. We miss her very much and desperately want to bring her home."

McAndrew asked others to keep a dish of water out for Genie to keep her hydrated.

“She is in survival mode now and if called or approached she will run,” Milenk said. “If you spot her please phone us and if you can, track her until one of us shows up.”

Genie is micro-chipped so if brought to animal care services will be reunited with her owner.

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After surviving on her own for so long in extremely high temperatures, Milenk believes medical issues are inevitable, and time is running out to capture the dog and get her proper care.

“Please keep sharing Genie’s story as she is so close to being rescued and brought in to seek medical care to make a full recovery,” she said. “Thank you to each and every one of you who are supporting her rescue.”

Genie is grey and white in colour and weighs about 25 pounds. She is wearing a reflective black collar.

You can donate to help with professional pet rescue services or potential medical bills here.

If you see Genie, contact Nikki Milenk at 250-852-2892.

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