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Allagash family offers $1,000 reward for return of missing dog

ALLAGASH, Maine — An Allagash family whose dog went missing on Sunday is offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who returns the pet or $500 for information that might help locate him.

Gus Lane, a 7-year-old English Walker bear hound went missing from his family home near Dickey Lane in Allagash somewhere between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, according to his owner, Brittany Lane.

“My husband, kids and I are very upset with his disappearance and really want to know what happened,” Lane said. “We got him when he was 11 months old and, yes, he is a bear dog that is used for our business (Allagash Guide Service), but he is very much considered part of our family.”

Gus was tethered to his dog house in the family’s yard when he disappeared, leaving behind his collar.

“It makes no sense that he slipped his collar and not one person in town has seen him running around. We talked to a lot of people in town and they have been so helpful spreading the word. We don’t know what exactly happened except he is just gone,” Lane said. “Our house is surrounded by houses. The river borders the other side. He’s gotten loose before and he doesn’t go far. Most of the time he’s right at the neighbors or doesn’t leave the yard.”

Lane said she and husband Brandon’s two children, ages 5 and 10, are devastated that Gus is missing.

“They both spent Monday helping look for him. We walked the road, river bank and put up flyers,” she said.

Brittany Lane also appealed in a Facebook post for Gus’ safe return. In 48 hours, the post was shared more than 2.200 times on the social media network.

Lane said Gus is a friendly dog who gets along well with humans and other pets.

“He is the world’s biggest baby, so sweet and loves to give hugs. He’s so gentle with kids too. It really breaks our hearts he is missing,” she said.

Gus is also an avid outdoors-pup.

“Gus loves hunting. The poor boy gets so mad if we decide to give him a day to rest. We always load the dogs up early in the morning, and if he’s not being loaded up by sun up, he’s on top of his house howling,” Lane said. “He loves being in the woods and we really hope he’s just out in the woods and is just being a crazy hound and is OK, but we want him to come home.”

Lane said no questions will be asked if Gus is returned safely.

Anyone with information about Gus’ whereabouts or who might have spotted him somewhere since Sunday should call Brandon and Brittany Lane at (207) 398-3418 or send an email to Folks with information about Gus can also stop by Allagash Guide Service at 928 Allagash Road in Allagash.

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