BELLE GLADE -- A New Jersey couple was on a trip to Florida when they found a dog wandering the streets in Homestead. It was love at first sight, said Ashley Tirado,
The brown and white pit bull mix jumped right into their car. They contacted the animal shelter, but it was not open until the next day, so they took the dog to their Airbnb for the night (with the permission of the landlord).
The next day they took the dog to the animal shelter and placed it on a Good Samaritan hold, so that should the dog not be claimed by the owner, they would have first option for adopting him.
The couple had to return home before the required hold period expired so they made arrangements with a transport company to bring the dog they named Theo to them in New Jersey.
Theo was finally on his way to his new home on April 20, when tragedy struck. Around 8 p.m. on April 20, the transport van flipped on U.S. 27 near mile marker 52.
“Somebody let the Theo out and he ran off into the woods,” said Triado
Triado and her fiancé did not find out about the crash until a day later. They went online to ask for help to find their dog. She said an amazing group of volunteers has answered the call and is searching for the 2-year-old dog.
“It’s a really remote and vast area,” said Triado. “There’s alligators.” She said a search party spotted a giant python.
“We’re asking for as many people who can help,” she said, “especially anyone who has drones because it’s a big area.”
She said they had one possible siting about 4.5 miles from the crash site.
Theo has an eye infection and was recently neutered. He has been microchipped.
Anyone who has information about the missing dog can contact Ashely Tirado at 732-814-9745.