Police continue to search for missing owner of panicked dog found at edge of Niagara River

Police continue to search for the owner of a panicked dog found alone at the edge of the Niagara River.

Niagara Parks Police were patrolling the Niagara Parkway near Portage Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday when they found a large sheepdog with brown and white shaggy fur running alone along the escarpment in what appeared to be a panicked state.

The dog was wearing a blue harness with no leash attached.

After officers were unable to find the dog’s owner in the immediate area, Niagara-on-the-Lake firefighters and Niagara Helicopters were called in to assist in a search of the river and escarpment.

Animal control officers with the Lincoln County Humane Society were able to secure the dog early Friday and it was taken to the St. Catharines animal shelter for assessment.

The LCHS said the dog is male and appears to be in good health.

As of Saturday morning, the owner had yet to be located.

Niagara Parks Police officers continue to check parkettes along the Niagara River for unattended vehicles.

Anyone who may recognize the dog or has any information about the ongoing investigation is asked to call police at 905-356-1338 ext. 0, or the LCHS at 905-682-0767.

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