Woman says Four Paws Pet Resort lost her dog, wants answers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Another complaint has come in to our newsroom about a Richmond doggie daycare that had a Pomeranian puppy die in its care.  Now, a woman said the same place lost her dog.

This is Bailey. She's been missing for two weeks.

The Four Paws owner said his staff put up posters like this one here along Laburnum Avenue offering a $500 reward.

Bailey's owner doesn't believe his story.

She said she wants the truth and her dog back.

Tracy Cohn last saw Bailey April 15th when she dropped her off at Four Paws Pet Resort on North Hamilton for the weekend.

"I think she's either dead or something else happened to her," said Cohn.

Cohn said Four Paws owner John Maleta called the next morning.

"Stating that Bailey ran away at 11 o'clock at night Friday night," said Cohn.

Maleta said Bailey was in the yard for a bathroom break when she made a B-line for a six foot privacy fence.

"The dog was not outside three minutes in the yard went right over to the gate and leapt like a rabbit," said Maleta.

Cohn said Bailey can't jump higher than her four foot chain link fence.

"(Did you sign or initial any part that she couldn't jump over a four foot fence?)

No, they never asked," said Cohn.

Maleta said this document proves otherwise.

"Clearly on our contract we ask if a dog can jump over four feet," said Maleta.

Maleta said Bailey ran to the business next door then the interstate.

Last Wednesday, Cohn reached out for help on Craigslist.

"I had employees out until 3:30 Saturday morning trying to find this dog," said Maleta.

A week earlier, Four Paws made headlines with Jenny, the eight month old Pomeranian, killed by a Mastiff at the doggie daycare.

Maleta took responsibility for that. But in Bailey's case, said Cohn is using her dog as a pawn.

"This is an attempt to drag our name through the mud and to extort us and I will not be part of that," said Maleta.

"It's not about the money, I just want my dog back," said Cohn.

Cohn said she has no plans for a lawsuit.  Maleta said he'll continue to look for Bailey.

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