Blind, elderly dog missing from East Grand Rapids

Missing Dog

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A blind dog who belongs to the family of a well-known pet charity group is still missing after wandering off Tuesday night.

The dog belongs to Cathy Bissell's daughter. Cathy heads the Bissell Pet Foundation which aims to find homes for every pet.

Fritz Kruer has been searching for Abby all over East Grand Rapids. 

"North of Reeds Lake, basically up to Fulton Street we've been looking even as far east as the East Beltline," Kruer said."She doesn't move real fast, she's very old, she can't see, the vet says she's blind but we think she can see a little bit of shadows."

The 12-year-old, 30 pound Brindle Australian Shepard Mix escaped from her yard around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"We think that wind spooked her, also might have disoriented her because I think she relies on her scent to get around because she can't see so we think she just headed the wrong way," Kruer said.

Cathy Bissell posted on Facebook about Abby's disappearance. 

"We have a tip that she was spotted back in the woods here by Manhattan Park," Kruer said.

Kruer resumed searching for the Bissell's dog on Wednesday morning.

"We're at the corner of Reeds Lake Boulevard and Manhattan, it's a very popular walking trail," Kruer said.

He worries that Abby is hiding out of fear, and the cold. 

"This is a big woods, there's a lot of wildlife in there, we see deer and everything, and I know a deer can hide in there so I know a dog could too," Kruer said.

Cathy Bissell was up all night searching for her daughter's dog. Her Facebook post was shared hundreds of times in hopes of finding Abby. 

The dog is micro-chipped and wearing a collar with her name and phone number.

This time of year, it's not uncommon for animals to escape, if you've lost your dog or cat there are many Facebook groups dedicated to finding lost dogs. You can also check with the Kent County Animal Shelter. 

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