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‘Heartbreaking': Family searching for 2 dogs that went missing from Middletown pet boarding camp

A New Rochelle family is frantically searching for their two dogs that went missing from an Orange County pet boarding camp.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2021, 9:44 PM

Updated 1,039 days ago

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A New Rochelle family is frantically searching for their two dogs that went missing from an Orange County pet boarding camp. 
Biagio Nocerino says he received a phone call that his two dogs escaped the dog boarding facility while he was vacationing with family. He says they had spent only one night at the facility.
“Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. I got a phone call, I’m down on the Jersey Shore, from the owner saying my dogs escaped...and he couldn’t get them back,” recalls Nocerino. "It’s torture, it’s heartbreaking.”
The mixed breed dogs are known as Maggie and Lulu.
Nocerino says the Pet Camp’s owner told him his smaller dog may have squeezed through the gate and the larger dog may have jumped over the fence to chase him.
“I have no words, they’re like babies to us…the babies of the family,” says family member Jessie Bonacoro.
The owner of pet camp, Chuck Elmes, declined an interview with News 12, but says he’s been in business for 25 years and has only ever lost one dog.
He says the dog owner never shared that the dogs were "runners."
According to Elmes, other dogs have gone missing from the camp over the years but were eventually found.
The Nocerino family says Lulu and Maggie are rescue dogs that they got from a shelter in Ohio about five years ago.


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