Keep Your Eyes Open, Riley Is Still Missing

Lost Milford dog could be anywhere.

Riley, is a 7 year old male, yellow Lab last seen on Halloween night between Forest Road and Orange Ave. in Milford. He was frightened by trick-or-treaters, and is very timid and skittish.

After looking for him for nearly two weeks, Riley's family got word that he amy have been seen near Treat Farm on Old Tavern Road in Orange on Thursday.

If you see him, the family asks that you please do not chase Riley, but call out, "Treats!" They are inconsolable in his absence, as "the Boy" is a beloved member of their family.

"Please call any time of the day or night at 203-878-4556, or 203-606-8234. Reward," said Riley's 'Mom' Carol LaPlante. "Thank you for helping to bring Riley home for the holidays."

Linda Sheehan November 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM
My heart goes out to this family! I will definitely look out for Riley & if I find him, will keep him safe for his owners. I miss my Lab Mix Blackie!
Terri Miles November 12, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Thanks Linda, I feel the same way, I hope they have him back for the holidays. I can't imagine my life without Baron. If we all stay vigilant, we just might find him for them. I already have treats in the glove compartment of my car.
Carol LaPlante November 12, 2011 at 07:02 PM
It is our Lab, Riley, who is missing. It is such a testament to people in general how kind and truly caring you all are. Bless you. I am at a loss right now, and would appreciate any feedback on whether or not it could be possible for Riley to be as far away as Bridgeport. We just got a possible sighting. Does anyone have experience with this possibility. Of course, we are going to search, and we've e-mailed the Chief Animal Control Officer in Bgpt. (the office is closed). Thank you.
Terri Miles November 12, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Carol, have you contacted the Mlford and District animal control in Woodbridge? Perhaps they have a way to contact the Stratford and Bridgeport ACOs.
Carol LaPlante November 19, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Terri, Thank you for encouraging everyone to keep their eyes open for Riley, as well as helping to keep it an active search. Yes, we are continuing to check with Animal Control Officers, and we registered Riley for the 2nd time with the on-line service called PetAmberAlert. We focused this time on specific areas in northern Milford, and into Orange in the Old Tavern Rd. area. Several caring, compassionate citizens of Orange continue to call to clarify sightings, to offer their services to search, or to reassure us that everyone is aware of our boy, Riley. We had a false alarm on Thursday night, but we are glad that we followed it through. The Fairfield Animal Control Officer called to tell us about a roaming yellow Lab, and suggested that my husband bring an article of his clothing, in order to lure the Lab. Bottom line: happily that particular beautiful Lab was safely caught by the terrrific Officer, but it was not Riley. To all of you animal lovers, I do not need to write anymore regarding what a roller coaster of emotions we feel. Please know how I am appreciative for this opportunity to express my feelings, and know how much I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. I am a fifth grade teacher, and I have shared this experience with my students to communicate the solid goodness of people, and how communities working together are inspirational. Carol LaPlante and Family
Margaret Taylor November 26, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Just wondering if Riley had been found or not. I've continued to look for him while driving in the area around my house in Orange. I usually make an extra loop around the neighborhood each time I go out just in case he is still out there. Any more leads on possible locations he might be? Thanks.
Carol LaPlante November 26, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Margaret, How kind of you to continue to look for Riley. I absolutely am not giving up hope of bringing our boy home for the holidays. We had a sighting late Thanksgiving afternoon on Oxford Rd.--in the area of Live Oaks School. We searched so hard, but nothing. Today, at 4 PM, I received a call from a family that reported seeing a Lab that looked like the dog on Riley's flier. The sighting took place 2 days ago at and around the area of Platt Tech High Schoool on Orange Av. She said that the dog was running in the field. Today, this is the area that we have seriously focused on--again. We are still passing out and putting up fliers. A piece of our heart is chipped away each time a lead is not what we hoped it to be, but we have to fight for Riley. The Orange Av., Platt Tech, North St., Eisenhower Park, Burnt Plains Rd., Treat La. and Old Tavern Rd. in Orange are areas we are focusing in on once again. Thank you, Margaret, and please know how appreciative we all are. Please call us with a sighting anytime of the day or night at 203-878-4556. Take care. Carol LaPlante and Family
Margaret Taylor November 26, 2011 at 06:03 AM
Carol, Thanks for this info. I am an animal lover and have raised several abandoned cats and dogs. Only have one cat now. I live on Knight Ln, Orange. I am around home this weekend. I will drive around the areas you noted whenever I am out. I have your flyer on our refrig and will keep a copy of your phone # in my car. Interesting that you said one of the sightings was a dog running in a field. That is exactly the "gut" feeling I had about him. I kept looking in the fields around Treat Farm. Will absolutely call you if I see him. Keep your faith that he will be found ok. Margaret Taylor
elaine November 26, 2011 at 09:37 PM
My heart goes out to you and family Carol, I have been keeping an eye out for sure, hoping your boy will be home for the holidays! Elaine
Carol LaPlante November 26, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Elaine, Your empathy and kindness are very much appreciated by my family. Thank you for continuing to look out for Riley. I would not wish this roller coaster ride on anyone. Our sweet Lab is one of God's creatures, and we owe it to him to keep up our efforts. Many thanks, Carol LaPlante
Susie November 27, 2011 at 06:40 AM
Dogs can travel a surprising distance so you'll want to check out any sighting anywhere even though it seems as though Riley is staying in the area. Have you alerted the employees at Treat Farm? I can't imagine what you, and Riley too, are going through. I hope you are all united soon!
Rich November 27, 2011 at 01:21 PM
My Black Lab and I have searched Treat farm and could not find Riley there.
Carol LaPlante November 27, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Susie, Thank you for your concern. Ed and I have gone to Fairfield to check with the Animal Control Officer on a yellow Lab sighting. We have been in contact with all of the surrounding communities. Last night at 10 PM, I received a call back from Bethel Animal Control since I left a message re: their listing of a Lab. Their Lab is not ours--their boy was wearing a shock collar and had cataracts--poor darling. I am continuing to list Riley on the Lost Dogs websites. The owners of Treat Farm are extraordinary folks who have personally called my family to let us know that they have looked on their property, and that they will continue to keep an eye out. We are so very grateful to all of you good people who are helping to find and bring Riley home. Carol LaPlante
Carol LaPlante November 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Richard, My husband and I were just overwhelmed with emotion when we read your comment. Our belief in the goodness of people is reinforced when we hear about such acts of kindness. Riley would have come out of hiding to greet your Black Lab--we really believe that would be a given. We just put up new neon pink signs with Riley's info. on them (Platt Tech and Orange Av). We are in such a sad place. Thank you so very much. Carol and Ed LaPlante
Margaret Taylor November 27, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I'm glad you put up new signs. I was going to suggest that. New signs will call renewed attention. Even with all that you are doing to let people know about Riley, there are still many who have no idea. I only became aware when I picked up the lost pet 911 phone call. Yesterday was such a beautiful day outside, that I thought someone working on their yard or taking a walk surely would see him. I drove around the streets you mentioned in the afternoon and there were so many people, children, dogs out. I wondered how many know to look for your Riley.
Carol LaPlante November 29, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Margaret, Thank you again for driving around on your own time to look for Riley. At this time, my biggest concern (fear) is that the "looking out" for a missing yellow Lab named Riley will be old news. I've heard from people, and read about stories where Labs have survived in the elements for months. Some of these wandering dogs just showed up one day. Unfortunately, I have also heard of unscrupulous people who just claim the dog as their own. Then again, some set their "new" pet to roam again when they do not want to care for them anymore. We are realistic in our knowledge that Riley might have been hit by a car, or that he might have lost his life in some other way. Yet, as his devoted owners, we are not ready to accept the worst case scenario. Riley is in his prime; healthy, up-to-date on all of his shots, and a gorgeous Lab who is our sweet friend. Thank you, Margaret, for helping us to keep Riley's story an on-going one. Bless you. Carol LaPlante
Margaret Taylor November 29, 2011 at 05:19 AM
You are certainly welcome. Each day that is warm with no rain, is another day that Riley could survive outside. I wonder if there is a way to use another dog to track Riley's scent, like they do for missing people?
Margaret Taylor December 10, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Any news on Riley??
Carol LaPlante December 12, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Dear Margaret, It continues to get more and more difficult to live without knowing what has happened to our Riley. Life is not the same without the big golden boy bringing a smile to our hearts. My family is heartbroken so it is very hard for me to write about the boy. We are keeping the faith, and we are continuing to look. Sincere kudos to so many who are still looking for Riley, especially to the folks at Pickles who have called us several times to update our posters at their store. To anyone who has never loved an animal, any kind of animal, it must seem dramatic to grieve, but to anyone who has counted God's creatures as a companion, friend, and family member--you get it. Thanks again for caring, Margaret. Wishing all of you good people a blessed holiday season. Carol LaPlante


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