Search on for Salem dog who fled vet after surgery

Bo, a Newfoundland-boxer mix, who escaped from a Salem veterinarian after undergoing major surgery on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (Courtesy the Rose family)
Bo, a Newfoundland-boxer mix, who escaped from a Salem veterinarian after undergoing major surgery on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (Courtesy the Rose family)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A Salem veterinary clinic lost a dog following a major surgery, now the owners are scrambling to find their missing pet before it’s too late.

Jason and Liz Rose say they are worried sick about their nearly 1-year-old dog “Bo,” a Newfoundland-boxer mix. The dog disappeared after undergoing surgery Saturday at Capitol Veterinary Clinic. Bo had three-feet of his intestines removed after having stomach problems.

According to Liz Rose, an employee took Bo out for a bathroom break and he broke free from his collar and ran off. That employee has since been fired.

“We take total responsibility for losing the dog, it should have never happened,” said Dr. Steve Swart who owns the clinic.

However, numerous sightings of the dog around Salem have given the Roses hope. There were two separate people who called after spotting the dog Wednesday morning. The first sighting came at about 8:15 am on River Road S. and Owens Street S. in Salem. About 45 minutes later, another caller phoned the clinic saying they saw Bo at a nearby dog park.

Jason and Liz Rose said they have no hard feelings towards the clinic.

“I’ve been going there for years,” Jason Rose said. “Once we get Bo back, that’s where we are going to take him because I know he will get the best care.”

Search efforts for Bo continue and the Rose family is offering a $100 reward for anyone who can catch him. Anyone who sees or catches him is asked to call the clinic at 503-399-1461.

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