The Search Continues…

Search continues for dog lost at rest stop

Michael Risinit • The Journal News • January 8, 2008

EAST FISHKILL – The search continued yesterday for Sato, a 2-year-old dog who slipped away from his owner last week at an Interstate 84 rest stop.

Sightings of the 23-pound, red dog with a tan belly have come in from Pawling and Beekman in Dutchess County, which are northeast of the westbound rest stop in East Fishkill.

Michele Dugan of Southeast, who works to locate and reunite lost pets with their owners, said yesterday that she was going out to post some additional fliers and look into the reported sightings.

Afterward, she said, she would check out the rest stop, where the shiba inu slipped from his collar early Thursday. His owner, trucker Alen Nelson, was hauling frozen bread to Atlanta when the dog, who also answers to “Little Toad,” ran away from him.

Nelson, who was just outside Oklahoma City on Sunday night, said the dog was spooked by the new Freightliner rig he was driving and ran away. Sato was used to riding in a Kenworth.

Anyone who might have seen the dog is asked to call 845-494-1519 or 914-329-6067. Nelson said he was offering a $500 reward.

Reach Michael Risinit at or 845-228-2274.

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