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Belle Has Been Found

After weeks of being lost in the Pottstown area, a dog is reunited with her owner.

 

Update: March 10, 2012: 

Belle, a Labrador retriever from North Carolina who went missing weeks ago, was found in the Pottstown area and reunited with her owner on Saturday.

"There was an emotional reunion," said Belle's owner's sister Julie O'Neil of Lower Pottsgrove Township via email on Saturday.

Previously: 

Jennifer Jordan's dog Belle was missing for eight days when she got a phone call last week from a man in Lower Pottsgrove Township who said he believed he'd found the missing Labrador.

Belle went missing in Lower Pottsgrove Township February 9. 

Jordan, a North Carolina resident who was in the Pottstown area to visit her sister when Belle went missing, immediately on February 17 took the found dog to a local veterinarian.

Belle appeared to have lost eight pounds and acted a bit strange, but Jordan was so very happy to have her dog back, she assumed the animal was different because of trauma suffered from being lost for eight days.

So, Jordan and Belle headed home to North Carolina.

Last night, she got a dreaded phone call that confirmed her feeling something was wrong.

A man on the line said, "I think you have my dog."

Today, Jordan took the dog to a veterinarian near her home and was told the animal has a microchip that proves it is not Belle.

"We were heartbroken," Jordan's sister Julie O'Neil of Lower Pottsgrove Township said on Tuesday. Jordan and the dog are on their way back from North Carolina to Pottstown now, she said. "Belle is still out there."

The last sighting of Belle was near the in Lower Pottsgrove Township on Feb. 15, O'Neil said. 

Jordan on Tuesday morning sent a message to Pottstown Patch via her BlackBerry.

"Horrible news," she wrote. "This isn't Belle. Heading back to PA to return her."

Background:

Jennifer Jordan is heartbroken but hopeful she'll be reunited with her beloved dog, Belle. 

Jordan, who lives out of state, said she is also grateful for the help of Pottstown area residents.

She was visiting her sister on Julie Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township a week ago when Belle -- a brown, female Labrador retriever weighing roughly 90 pounds -- got out of the house.

At that time, Jordan notified police and gave them Belle's description. 

Jordan has been searching for Belle ever since.

"Our last solid sighting was Monday," Jordan said via email today and added she's worried. "It's horrible."

People in Pottstown have been remarkably kind and compassionate, she said. 

"(Everyone) has been so helpful. It's the only way I'm keeping up any (hope) at all," she said. "The people around here are fantastic."

Anyone with information about Belle is asked to call Jordan at 201-803-5611. 

Teresa McMinn February 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Belle is still missing. Please continue to look for Belle, talk to your neighbors about her and help her get back home.
Jennifer Jordan February 24, 2012 at 06:19 PM
We're out looking for Belle again today. Please, if anyone has any information, or if they notice that a neighbor has a new adult chocolate lab, please call us or the Pottstown Police. My number is 201 803 5611
Jennifer Jordan February 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM
While we were out posting flyers today, we had an overwhelming show of support. HOWEVER, the Limerick Bowling Alley refused to post our flyer about Belle, and would not even keep a copy for their own employees to see. There's no way I'd ever give them any business!
Dawn the Pet Nanny February 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I would let everyone know about this. I just posted it on facebook and also on their business page. Pathetic!
Jennifer Jordan February 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We had a tentative sighting last night by the lower pottsgrove school. We don't have any details, but we went over there 3 times today. If anyone sees anything, please let us know. As always, thank you.
Dawn the Pet Nanny February 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Jennifer - please keep us posted. I have a contact at channel 3 (Carol Erickson). If you do not find Belle by end of day today, let me know. She may be able to mention this on the news (she reached out to me regarding Belle). Also, please make a facebook page for Belle with all her info. I am heavily involved in rescue and when I tell you it can make a huge difference, that is an understatement. Please keep us posted and I am praying for her safe return. Dawn
Julie O'Neil February 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Dawn please call Jenny tonight at the number above in the article. She will be interested in discussing this with you.
Jennifer Jordan February 27, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Belle loves American cheese & string beens! Weird, I know.
Jennifer Jordan February 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
If anyone does see Belle, please remember not to run straight at her. She'll bolt immediately.
Dawn the Pet Nanny February 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I have created a facebook page. Anyone who is currently on facebook should like this page and pass on to anyone you know. The more we spread the word, the better chance at bringing Belle home. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Belle-Home/237527029671416
Heather Graham February 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I have shared this on both of my facebook pages! I hope she is found soon.
Julie O'Neil February 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM
A possible sighting of Belle this morning. A woman called tonight to say she saw a chocolate lab running with a lighter color dog over Kimberton Golf Course across Rte. 23 and Bridge Street in East Vincent towards a church. Please let us know if you saw this and keep an eye out in that area.
Heather Graham February 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I live very close to the golf course so I will keep my eyes open for her. Lost and stray animals have a habit of showing up at our door over the years, so maybe she will find her way to my deck.
Julie O'Neil February 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Super Heather! Thank you. I just drove the East Vincent Area and dropped off flyers at the Police Station, the Kimberton Golf Course and Farmer's Daughter. Nice people and a a beautiful area. I can email you a flyer if you think you can pass them out in you neighborhood.
Heather Graham February 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I would be happy too. My email is dogdroolhappens@gmail.com.
Jennifer Jordan February 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
You can't imagine how much it means to me that you all are still looking! Thank you!
Lisa Nolan, The Barking Lot February 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
If you want to send me a flyer I will distribute some also. my e-mail is pabarkinglot@yahoo.com
Teresa McMinn March 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Any updates on Belle?
Julie O'Neil March 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Hi Teresa - We have not had any confirmed sightings but we are planning to gather some volunteers in the area to post and search this Sunday in Pottstown and the surrounding areas. Please spread the word about our FB page as well, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Belle-Home/237527029671416 Someone has to know where she is!!!!
Julie O'Neil March 03, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Al Chernoff with Rescue Ink NY will be helping us find Belle. He will be bringing along some additional volunteers. Now is your chance to help us find Belle. We are meeting at 9:00 am. Sunday morning at Kmart on High Street in Pottstown. Please volunteer a little of your time and come out and meet Rescue Ink and also help us find Belle!
Teresa McMinn March 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Help search for Belle starting at 9 a.m. March 4 at Kmart, 2200 East High Street. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Belle-Home/237527029671416 .
Julie O'Neil March 04, 2012 at 09:41 PM
UPDATE: We spent about 5 hours searching for Belle. Rescue Ink Volunteers Shelli and Paul made a pretty positive sighting of Belle two different times in a rural farming area very close to where Belle was originally lost. Upon spotting Belle, she became frightened and ran off. Channel 6, WPVI came out this morning and interviewed us. They said it will be on the news tonight. Not sure of time, but be on the lookout! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO HELP US TODAY! If seen DO NOT RUN, CHASE OR YELL FOR HER. She is frightened and has proven she will run away. If you see her, you must stop and sit down on the ground. Do not yell! Let her come to you! The area we were searching is between Pruss Hill Road and Sanatoga Road near the top (Pleasantview Rd) in Pottstown.
Jennifer Jordan March 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Can't thank everyone enough!
Teresa McMinn March 04, 2012 at 10:51 PM
So very glad to read this positive news -- the volunteers are amazing!!!! Hang in there, Jennifer!
Julie O'Neil March 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
We saw her again yesterday....call 610-813-2023 if seen!
Teresa McMinn March 11, 2012 at 03:33 AM
So very glad to write a happy ending to this story!!!!
Jennifer Jordan March 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Everyone has been so fantastic - thank you for all your help and support. All the credit goes to the incredible people who just wouldn't give up. Credit also has to go to Belle's sister Lucy, who finally had enough of sitting in a cold field and finally went in the woods and got Belle to come out!
Teresa McMinn March 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
This is great news, Jennifer! So very happy for you!!!! T.
Heather Graham March 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
So happy for you and for Belle!!
Jennifer Jordan March 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
THANK YOU TERESA & POTTSTOWN PATCH! You were integral in finding Belle. You were the first group that showed interest in the search and helped us connect with all the right people to bring her home. I can't thank you enough. The people of the Pottstown area a VERY SPECIAL. I've never heard of a community coming together the way you all did to help a perfect stranger. I CAN NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!

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