SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Francisco Gamero will literally do anything to get his lost dog back.
Ruby got spooked by fireworks on July 4th and ran from the Gamero home in Bridgeport.
He and his wife have been heartbroken ever since.
To find his missing 2-year-old Vizsla, Gamero stands on street corners holding a sign for eight hours a day. He’s offering a $1,000 reward for her safe return.
“She is a piece of our soul,” Gamero says.
He chokes back tears at the thought that the dog could be wandering, or worse.
“When you have a pet that dies on you,” Gamero says, “you close the book, it is done and over. When you have lost a pet, you don’t know where she is at. You don’t know if she’s suffering.”
An unabashed dog lover, Gamero owns two U-Wash Doggie stores in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In addition to standing outside and literally becoming a human billboard, Gamero also printed up more than 4,000 fliers and he’s been posting them everywhere he can.
Gamero also paid for an automated service that leaves “Lost Dog” messages on neighbor’s phones.
“I will not give up, I will not give up,” says Gamero.
The dog lover showed CBS2’s Kristine Lazar the fence where Ruby likely jumped after being spooked by fireworks.
“Last year, on the 4th of July, she was fine. But we were there,” he said.
Ruby has a red collar, and tags and she is also micro-chipped. She weighs about 60 pounds.
Gamero says he fields as many as a dozen calls a day with leads, but so far, nothing terribly promising.
Anyone who has seen Ruby is asked to call Gamero at 818-262-5566.