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Lexi escaped while being transported to the dog pound after a Stonington police officer picked up the dog during a recent cold night.

Police hunt dog that escaped custody

STONINGTON — A massive hunt for a small dog is underway as friends, family and puppy lovers search for the missing Lexi, who escaped from local police custody Saturday night.

Amanda Fowler, owner of the small, mixed-breed black and white dog, has created a Facebook group in an effort to find her beloved dog. The “Find Lexi in Stonington” page features a photo of the pup and has some 200 visitors giving advice or posting sightings of the elusive escapee.

The leashed dog was picked up Saturday night in Stonington Borough by a Stonington police officer when she was found outside in the cold, said Stonington Police Capt. Jerry Desmond. Fowler has said on her Facebook page that the dog had escaped the house as one of her guests opened a door.

Desmond said the officer could not make contact with the owner at the time, so it was decided she would be taken to the Stonington Dog Pound at the town landfill on Greenhaven Road in Pawcatuck. Once at the location, the dog was able to escape from the officer, prompting an all-out, several day search, Desmond said. He said the department has used infrared search devices to scope out areas during the night hours and have animal control officers and others searching for the missing dog.

“We are doing everything we can to find the dog,” Desmond said.

The elusive Lexi has been seen around town in the last couple of days, Desmond said, adding that she has been spotted in Pawcatuck on Mystic Avenue, Pawcatuck Avenue and other roads in that area. Facebook friends have posted photos of areas where they have seen Lexi. They have also left food, in particular bacon, in an attempt to entice Lexi closer to people to increase chances of her capture.

Meanwhile, dozens of Facebook friends continue to look for updates, announce sightings and leave words of encouragement for Fowler.

In a recent Facebook entry, Fowler said, “thanks so much to all who are helping. Please keep in mind that Lexi is not going to come running to you — she is in survival mode and running from anyone who tries to catch her. Please do not call her or chase her. Bring stinky food with you if you can, such as Vienna sausage, and a slip lead. If you happen to see her, get low to the ground or lay on the ground, don’t say anything, just hold out the stinky food and let her come to you, this can take time; put the slip lead on when safe. She will come out of survival mode quickly, but right now is running from everyone.”

Anyone who spots the dog is asked to call Fowler at 860-460-2452 or the Stonington Police Department where animal control is located at 860-599-4411.

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