Two years ago, Alana Wooldridge was living in New Orleans and she found a neglected pitbull with a zip tie around his neck under a bridge in the city’s Ninth Ward. She fell in love with the dog at first sight, freed him, named him Fenrir (aka "Fen") and has been his loving caregiver ever since.
In 2013, Wooldridge and Fen moved to Milwaukee – first Downtown and later to the Harambee neighborhood.
Last week – on Tuesday, July 21 – Wooldridge returned from work and took Fen on his usual early evening walk around 4:45 p.m. After the walk, she went into the house to get him a bowl of water, leaving Fen in her fenced-in backyard.
"I left him for no more than a minute, but when I came back outside, he was already gone," she says.
Wooldridge believes he was removed from the backyard and has searched tirelessly for Fenrir. She has contacted Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC), the humane society and the police department. She posted daily on social media and hung 275 fliers around the city.
However, it’s been six days since the disappearance and she does not have a single lead.
"It’s getting disheartening," says Wooldridge.
Fenrir is a 72-pound, dark-gray pitbull. He has a large white spot on his chest and smaller white spots on his feet. His ears and tail are unclipped. He is neutered and has patches of missing hair on his rear from a recent bout of ringworm for which he was receiving medication at the time of his disappearance.
"Not only does he need his ringworm medication, but he has stomach allergies and is prone to hives," says Wooldridge.
Wooldridge, who works full time as a barista in Downtown Milwaukee, is offering a $500 reward for his return. She created a fundraising page via GoFundMe to raise the reward money and for follow-up medical attention Fen will need upon his return.
"He is one of the most loving dogs I have ever met," says Wooldridge. "Even at 72 pounds, he has to get into the recliner with me. He is so very innocent …Read more...