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Animal services dog missing from Newport News foster home; PETA offering reward for safe return

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Posted at 8:48 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 20:48:46-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Have you seen Lucious?

PETA is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the safe return of the male pit bull, who went missing from a foster home backyard on 41st Street in Newport News on June 6.

Lucious is described as being gray and white, is microchipped and has cropped ears and an old leg injury. He hasn't been neutered yet, the organization says.

PETA and Isle of Wight County Animal Services are joining forces to find Lucious, who they fear may be in danger.

A former employee with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office reached out to News 3 Wednesday and told us that due to the interaction with the people who fostered Lucious, foul play is suspected. She says the dog was not reported missing until shelter staff inquired about how he was doing and that once asked about him, the story changed twice.

“Wherever this dog is, we hope he’s safe and that someone will find him and return him,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is asking everyone to keep an eye out for Lucious so that he can get back to the people who care about him at Isle of Wight County Animal Services.”

PETA cautions families to keep an eye on animals when they’re outdoors and to never leave them unattended in the backyard.

Anyone who has seen Lucious or knows where he may be is urged to contact Isle of Wight County Animal Services at 757-365-6318 or 757-357-2151.