Springfield family looking for missing deaf dog


A Springfield family is looking for their beloved Rawlow— a deaf and shy dog who has been missing from Indian Orchard for nearly a week.

Rawlow is described as a two-year-old white pit bull mix with black spots on his belly and ears. 

Rawlow’s owner Erica Cartagena told 22News he got loose from their home on Tremont Street with their other dog Scruff around 7:30 p.m. on March 1. At one point the two got separated, and Scruff was later found on Fuller Road in Chicopee.

Cartagena said Rawlow was last spotted the night he left, near the mobile home park on Grochmal Avenue.

“I’ve been posting flyers, I’ve also been knocking door-to-door looking for my dog,” Cartagena said. “We’ve left shirts out, we have also left food out for him just in case he does come back to that site.”

Cartagena told 22News she fears someone may have taken Rawlow due to the lack of reported sightings.

“It’s very sad not having my dog at home,” she said. “I just wish that somebody would return him if they do have him. Or if he is out in the cold, that he is OK.”

She is urging anyone who sees or think they have seen Rawlow to call her at 603-557-1746 or Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Adoption Center at 413-686-7386.

WEB EXTRA: What should you do if your dog goes missing, or if you encounter a loose dog? 

Animal Control Supervisor Hannah Oreinstein told 22News if your dog goes missing you should take the following steps:

  • Call your local animal control officer or animal shelter
  • If your dog is microchipped, call the microchip company to make sure the address on file is up to date and inform them your dog is missing
  • Contact groups like Missing Dogs Massachusetts, which can give you tips 
  • Leave some of the dog’s items like their bed or toys outside or near whatever door they got out of
  • Make a missing dog post on social media and make it shareable
  • Inform your neighbors your dog is missing
  • Make lost dog flyers

Orenstein said the sooner you can get information out to the public and start looking for your missing dog, the better. 

“Even dogs that have super close bonds with their families– once they’re out in the wild they’re sort of in flight or fight survival mode,” she explained. “So even if you see them running out there and you chase them, they are in survival mode, they’re not going to recognize you as the owner.”

If you encounter a lost dog, Oreinstein said again, the first step you should take is to contact your local animal control officer.

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