Dog-lovers in Cary and Apex spent much of Monday and Tuesday looking for Lilly, a pregnant black lab who ran away from a vet’s office just days before she was scheduled to give birth to a litter of puppies.
Peak Lab Rescue, an Apex-based group run by Debbie Letteney, organized a search for Lilly after her escape Monday from the Harmony Animal Hospital on Ten-Ten Road. The two groups have been using social media to ask people to join in the search when possible.
Peak Lab Rescue has been providing regular updates on Facebook of reported sightings of the dog. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, she was still on the loose. When last spotted, the black lab was wearing a pink collar with her leash still attached. She also has a very large stomach because she is near the end of her pregnancy.
“Lilly is very friendly, but very fast!” the group wrote on a lost dog poster that is circulating online.
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After escaping, Lilly appears to have headed north. She was spotted near Koka Booth Amphitheatre and again between Ritter Park, Regency Parkway and Tryon Road.
Peak Lab Rescue posted on its Facebook page around noon Tuesday that Wake County Animal Control suggested looking for the dog around the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve – a 140-acre wooded area near the Lochmere neighborhood.
Sharon Gesser, a volunteer with Peak Lab Rescue, said anyone who spots Lilly should call one of the two businesses for backup before trying to catch the dog, since she’s quite skittish.
“I saw her (Monday),” Gesser said. “I had met her before, and she still didn’t let me within 40 feet of her. She took off.”
Volunteers also suggested bringing along water and food to try to lure the dog.
Gesser said while she’s thankful for those who have been helping, she also wants to urge caution because the area has fairly heavy traffic. She also said it will be hard to search for Lilly at night because she has black fur.
She said it’s possible that Lilly has found a secluded spot to have her puppies and won’t be spotted for another week or so, after she has given birth. Whatever happens, she said the group wants to thank those who have taken part in the search.
“We had one guy drive down from south Durham, even,” Gesser said. “People just love dogs.”
Anyone who sees or is able to catch Lilly can call Peak Lab Rescue at 844-732-5522 or Harmony Animal Hospital at 919-303-3456.
Doran: 919-460-2604; Twitter: @will_doran