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Canine’s proprietor nonetheless has hope of discovering stolen pet


It’s been two months since Sam Fullam’s greatest buddy Wilder was stolen out of her life. 

Even with the period of time that has handed, Fullam nonetheless hasn’t given up hope of discovering her beloved 5-year-old border collie combine and has continued to go looking. 

She isn’t able to pinpoint a time when that search will come to an finish. 

“It’s so laborious. Individuals lose pets every single day to previous age and different issues and with that there’s some closure,” Fullam mentioned. “And that is simply so laborious as a result of any time any individual texts me or calls me and says ‘I noticed a canine’ that had one similarity to Wilder, I can’t simply not (search). That’s like my child. I can’t simply ignore it. I’ve to go look. It is extremely emotionally exhausting and draining.” 

She has been working with some skilled canine trackers from the York space who’ve been serving to her when a lead comes alongside. 

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“They do a ton of monitoring for native shelters and stuff,” Fullam mentioned. “No matter whether or not or not they’re really on the market searching for Wilder, they’re on the market responding to canine (that) have been on the market working. That brings me a little bit little bit of consolation as effectively.” 

The canine trackers, she mentioned, will examine sightings, discuss with non-public property house owners to get permission to go looking, arrange feeding stations to coax canine out of hiding and even do searches at evening. They generally will set out traps, if feeding stations have proof of getting used. Sadly, Fullam mentioned, none the of the feeding stations have resulted in a Wilder sighting. 

The seek for the canine has taken Fullam from York County to Philadelphia and factors in between since her Audi Q5 with Wilder inside was stolen in Continental Sq. in York Metropolis as she ran a fast errand. The automobile was recovered in Might in Philadelphia with no signal of Wilder. 

The flier Sam Fullam has released seeking information about her lost dog.

Fullam discovered just lately that the person who was arrested in her stolen automobile had prices in opposition to him dropped, and he was launched. 

“I used to be simply advised they wouldn’t be rescheduling and that the costs had been dropped and that was the extent of what I used to be advised,” she mentioned. 

The seek for Wilder has led to quite a few flyers being distributed and posted, a Fb group being began, a billboard posted along with his data, and T-shirts and automobile magnets along with his data on it being distributed in an effort to seek out somebody who might have him or might have seen him. 

A billboard looking for a local stolen dog named Wilder in York on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

“There are undoubtedly folks nonetheless flyering and I’m nonetheless going out and flyering and looking out and we’re working with skilled canine trackers,” Fullam mentioned, “so we nonetheless have all of that happening within the background. However it’s actually, actually powerful after we don’t have any concept of the realm that he’s in or any sightings to go off of, so we’re simply form of working on empty proper now.” 

Even with the entire efforts made by quite a few folks, together with Fullam, the final credible sighting of Wilder got here greater than a month in the past on a safety video in Windsor. 

“I actually do recognize simply having that giant neighborhood of people who find themselves maintaining their eyes out. It offers me a little bit extra peace of thoughts. If he’s someplace, I do know a bunch of persons are searching for him,” she mentioned. 

Will there ever be a time when she stops trying? 

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“I don’t know. It’s actually powerful as a result of he’s my greatest buddy,” Fullam mentioned. “A single girl who has spent a lot time with my canine, he was all the time the man who was all the time there for me. At this level, I’m now not spending 24 hours a day, seven days per week trying and flyering. That was what I used to be doing for the primary month and a half and that was emotionally exhausting.” 

Fullam does have some consolation in a sibling of Wilder that got here to stay together with her in February, however isn’t certain there will probably be one other canine that may fill Wilder’s sneakers.

“I’m simply hoping, best-case state of affairs, that any individual who perhaps doesn’t have social media or hasn’t seen a flyer, discovered him and took him in,” she mentioned. “To me, that may be nice. That will imply he’s not out within the warmth. That’s what I’m hoping for.” 

You probably have data as to the place Wilder may be, go to the “Discover Wilder” group on Fb 

— Attain Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 



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