HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio– It’s been a difficult year for Rick Doody. First he lost his son in a tragic car accident, and on Monday his dog disappeared.
"He has never left the yard. He's always been really good. I went upstairs to do some things real quick and came back three minutes later and no Leo anywhere,” Doody recalls.
He said he immediately started searching for Leo in the backyard of his home, but the dog was nowhere to be found. Two days later and still no luck.
"It's unusual that no one has seen or heard from him. He has a tag with my number, my cell on it and his name,” said Doody.
Doody adopted Leo several months ago. He said he wasn’t looking to get a dog, but when he found out that Leo was born the same day his son, Alex, died he felt it was some sort of sign. Alex died in a car accident on May 14, 2015. He was with three other seniors from Hawken School. Police reported that the driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree. Only two of the teens survived.
"I don't usually get on the news too much with this, but anything I can do to get my dog back would be great. He was a cool dog and special,” he said. “He was a lot like my son in his demeanor. He’s very laid back, good-looking, kind of muscular and athletic and he was very well-loved like Alex as well."
He said they’ve posted flyers all over the area, and the reward has been bumped up to $2,500 for Leo’s safe return.
If you spot Leo, please call the Hunting Valley Police Department at 440-247-6106.