Update: Auto and Knox were found Monday afternoon. Kayakers spotted them and a Ranger gave the Pelcs a ride on a boat to the dogs, according to Sean Pelc. The Colorado couple expressed thanks for the help they received.
KINGMAN – Sean and Holly Pelc are devastated over losing their two German short-haired pointers during a camping stop at Willow Beach Saturday night and have offered a $1,000 cash reward to anyone who finds them.
The young couple from West Pueblo, Colorado, took a road trip to celebrate their sixth anniversary and were coming back from Pismo Beach, California, when they stopped at Willow Beach.
“That’s when all hell broke loose,” Sean Pelc said Monday. “We let our dogs out of the camper before bed, and those dogs sniffed out a rabbit in a second and they were gone.”
Pelc said they searched for the dogs all night Saturday and all day Sunday with no luck. They’ve posted ads on Facebook, Craig’s List and pet-finding web sites, talked to the park rangers at Willow Beach, and called the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’ve been in touch with everyone. I’m calling shelters left and right,” Pelc said. “These dogs are our life, our two pride and joys. We’re just losing our minds.”
Pelc said he and his wife have to go back to their jobs in Colorado, and they’re desperately hoping to take their dogs back with them.
Both of the dogs are friendly, Pelc said. Knox is a 5-year-old brown pointer, and 4-year-old Auto is mostly white with a brown head. They were last seen about a mile from Willow Beach.
The couple have taken the dogs camping with them in the past, and they’ve always come back when called. However, the dogs chased the rabbit so far into unfamiliar territory, the wind was blowing hard and it was dark, Pelc said.
The dogs have collars with actual flashlights attached, but it was too dark and too far away to find them, he said.
“I’m hoping someone might have seen them and picked them up,” Pelc said. “They’re real friendly.”
He’s asking anyone who may have found the dogs or seen them to call him at 719-250-9623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.