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April 22, 2013

Woman offers $10,000 for dog’s return

GENEVA TOWNSHIP —  Her face pressed to the glass of the airplane window, Amy Rowan held her breath during takeoff and stared at the ground below. She looked with weary eyes and a desperate heart, but found nothing.

Rowan has walked countless miles, she has flown over thousands of houses and she has knocked on hundreds of doors in the last two weeks, looking for her lost dog, Marne.

Rowan, the owner of the Geneva Dog and Pony pet sitting and training facility on Barnum Road, is offering a $10,000 reward for Marne’s return — no questions asked.

“I am offering $10,000 for her return and the only reason it isn’t more money is that I don’t have more money,” she said. “I will not stop looking until I find her, even if the news isn’t good. I have to know what happened to her. I have to find her.”

Rowan said she is afraid Marne may have been found by people who do not have the best intentions, and she hopes the promise of significant reward money will make a difference.

“I believe that the money will make a difference,” she said. “Of course, I worry because there are dog fighting rings in this area and people sell dogs off for bait, so I am hoping that anyone who would find her and hope to sell her for that or for any other reason would realize that she is worth $10,000 to me.”

Marne is spayed and microchipped, but is not wearing a collar. She is shy and likely scared, but could be hungry and respond to food. She is a service dog in training, Rowan said.

Rowan has been in tireless search every day since the 20-month-old yellow Labrador went missing. She hasn’t slept, she has barely eaten.

“This is killing me, the not knowing,” she said. “I just feel like I have to know what happened to her. I just need to know.”

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