Missing dog draws outpouring of support in Delaware County, but story has sad ending

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – The story of a couple’s missing dog in Delaware County received international attention over the weekend, but unfortunately it has a very sad ending.

Ally and Alex Stead were traveling from Texas to Ohio on Saturday because they wanted to surprise their parents and visit them in Ohio.

They were traveling northbound on Interstate 69 near County Road 900 W in Gaston when they were involved in a crash, and their truck flipped.

Both Ally and Alex were fine, but their dog Silas, a border collie / lab mix, escaped out of a shattered window.

She posted a plea on Facebook, desperate to find their beloved dog. “We are asking everyone if you know anyone at all in the Gaston Indiana area to please post this and ask them to post this so we can find our baby! Silas is our world!!!”

Within 24 hours, her post had more than 20,000 shares and had reached a good portion of the Gaston community. “The outreach we received was incredibly overwhelming and such a blessing,” Ally told FOX59.

Ally says the people in Gaston, Muncie, and surrounding areas were absolutely incredible. There were so many people that volunteered their time to look for Silas.

The morning after the crash, they knocked on doors and walked around the area looking for their dog. While searching for him, they came across residents who had seen Ally’s Facebook post and were already looking for him on their own. One woman even bought dog food and a heated water bowl to leave outside for Silas just in case he came by.

“I was getting calls and texts from people until 2 a.m. Sunday night and Monday morning still walking around in the freezing rain looking for him. It was incredibly moving,” Ally said.

Unfortunately, on Monday they received some bad news. Gary Thomas, of Albany, heard about a dog lying dead on the side of the road. Fearing it was Silas, he drove 45 minutes to Delaware County to retrieve the dog. He picked him up and drove him to an animal hospital. They scanned the dog’s chip and confirmed it was Silas.

Thomas paid for Silas to be cremated, which Ally says is something they will forever be grateful for.

“We will never be able to thank everyone as much as we would like and are sincerely thankful and blessed to the entire community for all of their help,” Ally said.