St. Albans woman takes action after spotting heartbroken pup lying next to deceased companion

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ST. ALBANS, WV (WOWK) – A St. Albans woman is working to reunite a dog with its rightful owners.  For now, the woman who found the pup is calling him ‘Bear’.

Bear, a black and white mixed-breed, medium sized dog was found by Larissa Stratton-Gatens, lying next to who she imagines is the dog’s companion, who had been hit by a car and was killed earlier in the day on January 9 on Pennsylvania Ave just before Drumhiller Drive.

Stratton-Gatens said Bear was lying beside the dog who had been hit for hours, based on a Facebook post that she had seen early in the morning.

“I saw the post around 7:30 a.m. and decided to swing by before my 8 a.m. workout,” she said. The post was from 4 a.m. and was heartbreaking”.

She said she immediately noticed Bear’s demeanor.  “A good Samaritan stopped to assist, and the dog was so heartbroken we had to lift him into my car,” she added.

Bear is a male with a white spot on the back of his neck and has white paws. He also has an old, deep cut across his snout. She said Bear is very friendly.

“I’ve had the dog scanned, to no avail,” she said, referring the process during which a veterinarian scans stray dogs for a microchip in an effort to reunite that dog with its owner.

Stratton-Gatens said she hopes to find Bear’s owner.  If no one comes forward to claim him, with the appropriate proof-of-ownership, she said she isn’t opposed to giving him a loving home.

“He’s adjusting well, but actually crying for his buddy,” she said.

If you recognize Bear, email reporter, Jessie Shafer, at this link.

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