Family seeks dog lost in fire

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By Lisa King

A family whose house burned two weeks ago is still looking for a dog that disappeared from the home the night of the fire, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Mike Murray, who investigated the fire on Jail Hill Road on May 13, in which arson is suspected, said the family found one dog dead at the home but cannot locate the other.

"The other one is still at large," he said.

The dog is described as a 13-year-old black lab, weighing about 100 pounds, with a square face and one foot with white on the toe.

He answers to the name of "Black Dog."

Missy and Bryan Winters, who were renovating the house, while staying in an apartment, said that in addition to the dog, some hunting, fishing and camping equipment also is missing, such as fishing poles, net and a basket, hunting overalls and jacket, women's boots and a bow and arrows.

Missy Winters said the equipment was missing from a closet that was not burned.

She said that the family's main concern is the return of "Black Dog," whom she said is a family pet, adding that the dogs were staying at the home, along with a family friend who was not home at the time of the fire.

Murray said that the State Fire Marshal's office still is conducting the investigation and is awaiting test results of suspected accelerants that were found at the scene of the fire that occurred at about 1:30 a.m.

If anyone has any information about the dog's whereabouts, they are asked to call 502-320-0616 or 502-419-6692.