Search For Missing Rescue Dog Underway

Posted at 10:29 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 00:14:09-05

Volunteers have been searching for a rescue dog that escaped while on the way to her new home.

“Georgia Girl” is a black and white German Shorthaired Pointer who was being transported across the country by the non-profit group “Pilots ‘N Paws.”

While making a pit stop at the John C. Tune Airport in Nashville Sunday afternoon to pick up another dog, the volunteer pilot and his wife took Georgia Girl out for a walk. She managed to slip out of her harness and take off. 

“We were both really confused on how that happened,” said Gary Cooper, the volunteer pilot for Pilots ‘N Paws.  “We were running behind her, but we weren’t fast enough to catch her.”

While Cooper, his wife, and others at the airport tried to track her down, she snuck out through a hole in a fence. Witnesses said she appeared to head Northeast toward the industrial area near the airport, but could be anywhere in the area.

“I felt heartbroken for all the parties involved,” said Terri Knott, who has helped search for Georgia Girl. “Here is a dog on her way to a home. The pilot was trying to do a gracious thing. In a moment, she was gone.”

Cooper and his wife had to leave the airport to transport another dog to Virginia, but Knott and others, including two rescue groups, have continued to search for Georgia Girl.

Robyn Guidara with Robyn’s Nest Animal Rescue in Nashville said a local foster family was lined up for Georgia Girl once she is found.

Knott was optimistic there will be a happy ending.

“You just maintain hope someone will find her,” said Knott.

Georgia Girl wasn’t wearing a collar, but she is microchipped.

If you see Georgia Girl you can reach out to Janet Lewis, Director of All Points West German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue at (303) 507-1968, or Robyn Guidara with Robyn’s Nest Animal Rescue at (615) 484-8977.

For more information on Pilots ‘N Paws, click here.