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Westborough family ordered to take down missing dog signs

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A Westborough family is struggling to find their missing dog since a town ordinance has made it more difficult for them to do so. Kate Coleman has been searching for her dog Rudy, a three year old male Havanese, and was ordered by Westborough police to take down flyers that were posted to telephone poles or signs.

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Rudy, who went missing on May 22, 2014, is a 13 pound family member that escaped from his dog walker's fenced-in yard on Adams Street. He ran toward Quick Farm Road dragging a red leash.

Coleman has had Rudy since he was 12 weeks old and knew from the moment she laid eyes on him that he was her puppy. Now she needs the public's help to find him.

Posting lost signs is the most obvious way to search for a missing dog: it helps get the word out to a large number of people. It causes a hindrance when signs can not be used.

“Due to town ordinance we had to take down all signs that we had posted around town - on telephone polls, signs, etc. This was a setback because we want the community to know that Rudy is still missing. Just because the signs are down does not mean that he has been found. We are doing our best to find other ways around it to keep the community aware that Rudy is lost,” Coleman told Examiner.

Rudy was last seen on the evening of May 24 on Grove Street behind the fire station. He was still dragging his leash.

Meanwhile, Coleman has the support of family and friends who have been instrumental in handing out flyers. They have also searched the woods around Adams Street and the surrounding area. Local businesses have been a big help by allowing flyers to be posted in their front windows. Coleman has also posted to numerous lost and found pets Facebook pages, as well as the Westborough Patch. She started a Facebook page called Find Rudy Coleman.

Coleman has reached out to Granite State Dog Recovery, a New Hampshire-based organization that specializes in finding lost pets, Lost Pet Professionals, Lost Pet Research and Recovery, and Dogs Finding Dogs.

“We have been fortunate to have met many wonderful people in the process of searching for Rudy. They have been the bright spot in this horrible crisis for us,” said Coleman. “The community support has been amazing. Westborough truly is a wonderful town and we do feel that so many people have gone above and beyond to find Rudy. Now all we have to do is bring him home.”

If you see Rudy, please call 203-249-3771 or 857-205-5732 immediately.

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