Columbiana family finds missing dog with help from Lost Pet Recovery, a Columbus-based nonprofit

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) — “Oh my God. I cried all morning,” is how Brynn Pennell began the story of how Remy the lost dog was reunited Saturday morning with his dad in Columbiana.

Remy, a nine-month-old Aussie-Doodle, broke off his leash on Sunday, May 8, and for a week ran freely along Rt. 164 southeast of Columbiana.

Rick Pennell, who bought Remy from a breeder a month ago, and his daughter Brynn, had done everything to find him. They even enlisted the help of the non-profit group “Lost Pet Recovery”, whose volunteers provide cameras and monitor them 24 hours a day.

On Friday, Remy was spotted along Kelly Park Road near Rt. 164, where a baited trap and camera were set up.

But as news of Remy’s sighting spread, “some people started chasing him, which you’re not supposed to do,” Brynn Pennell said.

Remy was on the run again.

Also on Friday, it was decided that Remy’s breeder would bring the dog’s two sisters to the Pennell home and walk them around the neighborhood, hoping their scent would lure Remy to his home.

“We didn’t know what else to do,” Brynn said.

It was also decided to move the camera to his father’s house in Columbiana and cook some food to try and lure Remy home.

Then, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the Pennell house camera was triggered by movement. It was Remy.

The CCTV photo of Remy showing up at the Pennell house and eating food.

Lost Pet Recovery director Don Corsmeier was monitoring the camera from his home in Columbus and immediately called Rick Pennell.

“Remy ate all the food and then left,” Brynn said.

But at 9:30, Remy came back.

“My father spotted him in the neighbor’s yard. He got out, sat in the front yard and let Remy come to him,” Brynn said. “They looked at each other for about 10 minutes and then Remy crawled on his chest.”

“That’s what brought the sisters in,” Brynn said. “I know it was.”

Remy, she said, was filthy and “walks with a really bad limp”. They were planning to take him to the emergency room to have him checked out.

The Pennells had offered a $250 reward for his safe return from Remy. “We plan to donate it to Lost Pet Recovery,” Brynn said.