WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Business owner Cotton Fore is pulling out all the stops to find his beloved pet Frankie. He is offering $5,000 for the safe return of the 6-year-old Maltese, who was last seen in Fore's backyard on Scenic River Drive in Woolmarket Wednesday, July 10.
"I took him out for a potty break around 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.," Fore said. "The part of the backyard that I let him out in wasn't gated, but he was not a dog that wandered or bothered the neighbors."
Fore said he believes Frankie was dognapped. He said, he's heard stories of thieves taking dogs and cats then reselling them.
"I think someone walked in my backyard and took him," Fore said.
Fore, owner of W.C. Fore Trucking said, friends, family and employees have given plenty of support. They've posted nearly 200 flyers from Ocean Springs to Long Beach and up to Saucier at high traffic areas like bars and gas stations. Information on Frankie has also been posted on Facebook, Craigslist, Findtoto.com and local media web pages.
"We call the humane societies everyday to see if anyone has turned him in," Fore said."I've also received several calls from people, who think they've found him. A lady called me yesterday afternoon and another lady met me Saturday and brought me another dog. I've had four people bring me a dog that wasn't mine."
Fore said he is amazed at all the support he received from community members and animal lovers helping to search for Frankie. People as far north as Wiggins and McHenry are also helping to find him.
"He is like a brother to me. He and my other Maltese Daisy sleep in my bedroom. He is very disciplined, very well mannered and a good guard dog," Fore explained.
Frankie was last seen wearing a red collar and blue and yellow bandana tied around his neck. He has medium length white hair and is not microchipped.
Anyone who finds Frankie or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 228-297-1314.