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Jimmy, a Labrador-shepherd mix who recently had a surgery on his foot, escaped from his foster owner’s home in Elkhart on Monday, June 17, 2013. (Photo Supplied) (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Local rescue looking for missing dog
Posted on June 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 18, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

ELKHART — A local animal rescue is asking the community to help it find a dog that recently went through surgery and has escaped from its foster owner’s backyard.

Jimmy, a black 10-month-old Labrador-shepherd mix, has been missing since Monday, June 17. His foster owner, Susie Terry, said she let him out to her backyard at about 6 a.m. She didn’t realize her daughter had left the gate in the backyard unlocked.

Jimmy is described as small and black with a white spot on his chest. He weighs about 40 pounds. The dog is expected to be near Cedar Street in Elkhart, where Terry lives. Anyone who has seen Jimmy can call Terry at 574-370-7900 or Keri Howland at 574-212-7512.

Terry said the rescue brought Jimmy from a shelter in Ohio on April 7. Jimmy had been neglected by his previous owners. He was left tied outside his owner’s house for several days in the winter.

When Terry received Jimmy, she realized he had to go through surgery to have two of his toes removed because someone had slammed the door on his paw, and he was never able to fully recover.

Terry brought Jimmy back to her house on May 10, following the surgery. Jimmy still limps because his stitches had been just removed and he was going through walk therapy, Terry said.

“He’s come a long way since we brought him,” said Terry. “He’s very scared of people, but he’s not aggressive.”

Terry is a volunteer at the All 4 Animals rescue. The non-for-profit organization takes dogs off shelters and places them in foster homes.