Family frantically searching for lost therapy dog

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Martin and Tammy Bedolla are in a hurry to find Roscoe, their missing boxer, because he serves as a therapy dog for Martin’s son, Christian, who has autism.


FERDINAND — Martin and Tammy Bedolla have spent the last five days frantically searching for their dog, Roscoe, who serves as a therapy dog for Martin’s son, Christian, who has autism.


Roscoe and Christian are inseparable, Martin said, and Christian, who lives with his mother, will be coming to stay with Martin and Tammy this week.

“I’ve been thinking all day about how I’m going to tell (Christian) he’s gone now,” Martin said.

Martin and Tammy were unloading groceries at their Ferdinand restaurant, Soup-N-Such Bistro, located in the Wollenmann House, when the 3-year-old black and white boxer jumped out of the vehicle and disappeared.

“He never jumps out of my Jeep,” Martin said. “That’s like his safe spot.”

Martin figures a loud bang scared Roscoe and caused him to jump out of the vehicle and run away. The Bedollas were in the basement of the Wollenmann House, though, so they aren’t sure, but one of Martin’s friends said he saw a dog that matched Roscoe’s description sprinting across the road shortly before Martin posted on Facebook for help finding his dog.

Martin said Roscoe is friendly, but shy. The dog wears an orange collar and was last seen Saturday around Fleig’s Cafe.

The Bedollas have contacted city officials and police officers in Ferdinand and Huntingburg, the Dubois County Humane Society and local veterinarians. They, along with their friends and family, have spent their spare time scouring Ferdinand and the surrounding area for Roscoe. They’re also offering a $300 reward for the safe return of the dog.

Right now, Martin said, his biggest fear is that someone picked up Roscoe and won’t return him.

“He’s so smart and loving,” Martin said. “I just hope someone doesn’t have him and isn’t giving him up.”

If you have any information on Roscoe’s whereabouts, call 812-309-4008.


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