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Flushing community trying to reunite therapy dog and surviving owner

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(10/02/12) - A dog named 'Shy' has captured the hearts of many in the Flushing community.

For the last week she's been roaming the streets, running from anyone who approaches her.

Tuesday, we learned Shy recently lost a loved one, as did Mark Jones. "I miss her so much," Jones said.

Terri Stephens stood just 4 feet, 3 inches tall and lived with Multiple Sclerosis. The 31-year-old had recently adopted a Shetland Sheepdog to be her new therapy dog. Just about two months earlier, Stephens' original therapy dog 'Trouble', passed away.

"Terri had to walk, because MS stiffens you," Jones explained.

But just days after Stephens died on Sept. 23, Jones suffered another loss.

"She bolted," Jones explained, referring to the dog, whose original name was 'Cheyenne'. "We called her 'Shy.' Because she is extremely nervous, and flighty."

And that has made it impossible to get Shy to come home to her kennel, now sitting on the family's front porch, with Stephens' clothes inside.

"We know she's right within just a few blocks. Right here," Jones said.

And sure enough, while we were at Jones home near Mill Street and N. Beech Street in Flushing, Shy casually wandered by. That wasn't the first place she'd been spotted. And Jones wasn't the only person trying to find her.

"This morning on my way to work, I see him walking down Main Street," said Lisa Wright, owner of 'My Groomer', a pet grooming business in Flushing.

Wright, and several others, have been tracking the sheltie, all around town. They've left food for her, and have been trying to figure out who her owner is.

"It's not letting anybody catch it. We don't want to see it laying in the middle of the street," Wright explained, about why she has been spending so much time trying to catch the dog.

Shy has been dodging would-be rescuers for a week. She's been spotted near Jones' home, and the Flushing City Cemetery.

The police know about her, as do several community members. But no one has figured out how to coax Shy to safety.

"I'm just trying to get her back, and I hope if somebody can see her, and find her, let, bring her home," Jones said.

If you catch Shy, Jones asks that you call him directly. His number is 810-659-2377. You can also call the Genesee County Animal Control Center at 810-732-1660. The shelter is only open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If Shy is turned into the shelter, Jones will have to pay to get her back.

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