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Cathy T
11th August 2006, 01:17 AM
I received this e-mail this morning and wanted to post here and on Karlin's board:

We are sending an URGENT plea for assistance in locating Bassy, my brother-in-law Steve's, 2 year old, female, Blenheim Cavalier.

Steve has been traveling the West/Southwest this summer on an extended trip. Unfortunately, he has bipolar disorder and recently went off his meds. While visiting San Diego yesterday, Wednesday, August 9, 2006, he left Bassy in his parked rental car while he took a short walk along the harbor area downtown - by the Tall ship. He became disoriented and forgot where he parked the car. He spent several hours searching - including canvassing the area by cab to no avail. It's possible the car was towed. He believes he left the windows up in the car with Bassy inside.

Steve recognized the fact that he was not thinking clearly and needed help, so he flew home to Chicago last night. We are now trying to locate Bassy from Chicago. We have contacted the San Diego Humane Society, and searched the San Diego County shelter web sites with no luck. We also contacted the San Diego police but were informed that they cannot help without a license plate number (the rental paperwork was in the car).

Up until recently, Steve has always done an excellent job of caring for Bassy and he truly loves her. Bassy also spends a lot of time with our family and we are very attached to her too. If you have any suggestions that would help us locate Bassy, we would greatly appreciate your assistance.
This is the most recent info:

My brother-in-law is a little clearer now after some sleep and with some detective work we were able to find out the following details:

License Plate: 222NXL 1995 Blue Ford Taurus with AZ license plates

Rental Agency: Rent-A-Wreck - Benson, AZ

According to the San Diego police and harbor police, they have no record of the car being towed or impounded.

San Diego Animal Services sent an e-mail late this afternoon to all officers to be on the look-out for the car. They also do not have a record of any calls for dogs locked in cars or dogs admitted to the shelter matching Bassy's description.

We still do not know whether the car was stolen or if Steve simply was confused and could not find where he parked the vehicle.

My husband and I have been taking care of Steve regarding his mental illness challenges for years. I assure everyone, that this episode is out of character for Steve. He normally is very responsible and loves Bassy deeply. This is a result of his going off his medications and becoming unstable.

My husband and I would NEVER leave a dog unattended in a car. We have our own beloved one year old Cavalier named Becky who is like one of our own children. As Bassy spent much of her first year of life in our home, in many ways she is our dog too. When she is located, my husband will fly to San Diego to bring her home and she will stay with us - not Steve - until we can determine whether or not he is capable of caring for her. If not, she will continue to have a loving, forever home with us.

I will be checking our shelters. Should anyone hear of anything would you please let me know.

11th August 2006, 01:51 AM
How Horrible, for everyone~ Ill be saying a special prayer that she finds her way home..... :(

Is there any way you all in the area could scout for the car? I know its alot to ask...but how sad for pup....really this is just horrible.

11th August 2006, 02:10 AM
Oh my gosh...what a sad sad story. I hope Bassy is found safe and sound and returned to her family.

Cathy T
11th August 2006, 02:37 AM
How Horrible, for everyone~ Ill be saying a special prayer that she finds her way home..... :(

Is there any way you all in the area could scout for the car? I know its alot to ask...but how sad for pup....really this is just horrible.

The S D police have an alert out for the car. The current thinking is that the car has been towed. I've posted this out to everyone I know so hopefully she will be found. Luckily San Diego is in reality a pretty small town and if she shows up we'll know. I'm checking shelters.

11th August 2006, 06:10 AM
This is very upsetting to read. I am imagining that Steve got lost and could not find the car, could not remember correctly what it looked like, and that poor Bassy was/is locked in the car for a long time--i gather it's been about two days now. My daughter and BF live in San Diego, i will forward this to them and ask them to be on the look out. They have a precious blenheim cavalier girl a little over 1 year old, Belle.

I trust the police and animal safety people have some timely way of contacting all the towing businesses--those businesses have to be licensed, i hope it's not too hard to track them all. Generally it's the police who request towing of an abandoned car. I don't think tow services can just tow any car that's parked on the street. And i don't think police can just request a car be towed without keeping some record of the license plates, in case a car is later reported stolen.

this is so upsetting. I'm so sorry for all the people involved too. How frustrating it must be to try to deal with it all the way from Chicago.

11th August 2006, 06:43 AM

lets hope he gets home very, very soon, this must be a very tense time, thinking of you all,

Alison, Wilts, U.K,

11th August 2006, 09:32 AM
That's awful! It was bloody hot yesterday in SD, too! :( If he left her in the car for more than 30 minutes she probably would have been toast...

Very sad. I hope that someone found her and let her out and she's OK. I'll keep an eye out.

11th August 2006, 10:27 AM
Poor Bassy - I hope they find her okay, I just hope she was okay in the car.......

11th August 2006, 10:52 AM
Poor {{{{{{{{Bassy}}}}}}}} hope she's found safe and well. Could the person who emailed you, let the SD newspapers know and ask them to run a feature on Bassy and her Dad?

Might be an idea to get more coverage and hopefully get her home again :flwr:

11th August 2006, 09:26 PM
I can't stop thinking about Bassy. :cry*ing: thnking of her all day. I was talking to my daughter about it and she said they don't have any police in San Diego. She was exaggerating but she said police were quitting their jobs because they weren't paid enough. She said there are ads on TV where the police are coming out against the mayor for not funding the police.

i was wondering why it was so hard to track down this car if it was still on the street or if it was towed.

good idea Donna, about a news article, and also putting it on the local news on TV at 6pm.

11th August 2006, 09:32 PM
I've been thinking about her too Judy. What if she's still in this car somewhere :yikes I just hope she has a Guardian angel looking out for her. I hope they put it in the local press and on the local news and that people are looking out for the car and Bassy :(

Cathy T
11th August 2006, 11:52 PM
Hate to be blunt about this ...but, if she were left in a car she would not have survived by now. I'm hoping someone saw her in the car and took her. That would be best for her. I heard this morning that our local news is going to do a spot about it. I hope it helps. The whole thing is just odd if you ask me. I'm curious about a lot of the details. I just find it interesting that they know the license plate of the car and where it was rented from. Where is it now??!! Was it returned to the car rental place...by who....was it ticketed? Surely there is a record of this somewhere!! I'll keep you all posted but will be surprised if we hear the actual outcome of this sad story. I am going to put in my head that someone found Bassy and she is safe now. Perhaps publicizing on the news will bring forward some information. And least give us a resolution to this story!

matties mum
11th August 2006, 11:57 PM
I so hope this little turns up O K and is with some one who cares :) Aileen

12th August 2006, 12:15 AM
Hate to be blunt about this ...but, if she were left in a car she would not have survived by now.

Thats what my husband said last night...and to be honest Ive had this gal in my thoughts all day....I just really feel terrible for all involved~ If you get an update even if its bad news let us know....just so very sad :(

Cathy T
12th August 2006, 12:44 AM
I heard this morning that our local news is going to do a spot on this story. Let's hope for some resolution. I'll definitely let you all know if I hear anything.

12th August 2006, 12:47 AM
It does seem strange if the car were parked in an area where people were walking around that someone wouldn't have seen the dog, alive or dead, and called police/SPCA. It sounds from the story that the car would have been parked somewhere central.

It is a sad story all around and very disturbing.

12th August 2006, 07:19 AM
i got a weird vibe about the story too, like you might get from an urban legend. i hope that's what it is, like the bonsai kittens (i fell for that one) but i'm afraid this one is real.

When i was reading the first post, i was thinking about how it was strange that they said they didn't have the identification of the car because the paper work was inside the car--i was thinking that if a credit card was used, and car rentals require a credit card, then it's easy enough to find out who the car was rented from and what the license number is, shouldn't be difficult, assuming Robert still had his credit card on him. this was a gap in the story that seemed weird to me.

And then for the car to disappear--until my daughter said the police were understaffed, i didn't have any explanation for why this would be such a low priority that they hadn't tracked down the car.

i guess that the best thing would be if the car was stolen and the person who stole it loves dogs...the idea of her dying alone is heartbreaking.

Cathy T
12th August 2006, 03:56 PM
An article did show up locally. Here's a link


Hopefully this will get some results. Also helps explain a couple of things. The car has not been located.

Cathy T
12th August 2006, 04:27 PM
Not a good ending to the story. It was just posted on the other board that the car was found last night and Brassy did not survive. So sad.

12th August 2006, 04:30 PM
OMG!! How horrible. How could the someone have not seen that pup in the car. I can imagine the family is devastated. I am just hearing about it. A very sad story.

12th August 2006, 07:17 PM
I read this on cavalier mail list this morning. It answers some questions. This is very painful to hear of.

(received this update from Cavalier Club of San Diego)

"someone spotted the car last night around midnight because of news coverage. The dog had a lead on which somehow became tangled and she was pinned to the floor, which is probably why there were no calls to police or animal services as she couldn't reach the windows. Unfortunately when the car was found (1600 block of Columbia) the dog had died. Thanks to all who offered help to the family in Chicago.Thanks to our friends at Animal Services for their hard work, diligence and dedication in trying to find the dog and wanting to see a better ending to this sad story."

12th August 2006, 07:18 PM
Oh no :( I am sat her with tears trickling down my cheeks reading this.

That poor baby, what must she have gone through? :( This is just so very, very sad. I hope if anyone saw her trapped in that car in the heat can now live with themselves - i know I couldn't :(

Go run with the bunnies little baby and may you RIP forever xxxxx

12th August 2006, 07:19 PM
OMG Judy, it gets worse :( Poor, poor little love :(

12th August 2006, 10:50 PM
Oh no this is just devestating...

I really feel for the family, most especially Steve...I hope this will not make his existing problems worse :(

Poor baby, I hope that she did not suffer too much...at least she is at the Bridge now and running free xx

12th August 2006, 11:04 PM
wow, what an awful ending to an already sad story. That makes me so sad. I really hope that she went in peace.. at least she's running free now. I also hope Steve is alright. A lot of people with mental illnesses are completely attached to their animals - moreso than any of us can understand. They are the only "people" who understand them. I really hope he's ok and is able to get through this tragedy. I will be sending positive vibes and praying for him and his family. :(