COURTENAY, B.C. – The search continues for a missing bulldog from the Comox Valley.
According to Kristi Inman, dog owner Jonny Mac had been walking by the Medicine Bowls along the Browns River around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th when one of his three bulldogs fell into the water.
While trying to rescue the dog, Mac fell in as well, and his two other bulldogs fell in after him.
Mac, as well as the two dogs Piper and Blue, managed to get out of the water. Unfortunately, Rosie, one year old brindle brown bulldog, was not able to get out of the water.
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Mac is asking anyone with a drone or anyone by the water to keep an eye out for Rosie. It’s believed she may have been swept downriver.
Inman reached out to MyComoxValleyNow.com this morning (Sat. November 10, 2018).
“We need only experienced hunters and fishermen and bushmen to assist … people who can get wet and dirty and have the right equipment (rope, seine nets, snorkel gear and have the right experience and training). The plan is to put a net in the lower bowl to catch Rosie’s body if she is at the bottom. We can use people in waders and snorkel gear with life jackets for this,” she said.
“The other plan is for if she is still alive. We need people to search the left bank when looking downstream on the Browns River below the falls. This area is accessible mostly by quad … (with) steep terrain and not for the inexperienced. If you can assist please do so. If you are not as experienced, you can go farther down near the Scouts cabin and check the water, but please do not go alone … let someone know where you are and be safe!!!”
Inman said Mac mentioned that Rosie may be “along the left bank below the falls maybe,” but said it’s “very hard to get to”.
“We really don’t want a bunch of people standing around unsure of what to do … we need people who do this kind of stuff to make the most of the time we have left,” she said.
A GoFundMe campaign has started, to help raise funds for a helicopter to aid in the search. As of this publication, $2,075 has been raised, surpassing the $1,000 goal. A link to the campaign can be found at gofundme.com.