The Saint Bernard who sparked a search for his missing elderly owner – in a mystery police say may never be solved – is looking for a new home.
The Saint Bernard who sparked a search for his missing elderly owner – a mystery police say may never be solved – is looking for a new home.
With his wide, furry face and gentle demeanor, the 180-pound dog was the only clue police had that an elderly man had gone missing somewhere near the Hingham/Rockland line. The dog showed up near Accord Pond with his leash attached but without his daily walking partner.
Now that a week has gone by without a word about the man’s identity or whereabouts – despite widespread media attention, a Reverse 911 call to neighbors, and searches through the area – police believe the man may have been homeless.
It is possible the man had some sort of medical emergency wherever he set up camp, or simply left the area, Hingham Police Lt. Michael Peraino said.
“We are pretty certain he is not in the Accord Pond area – we searched that pretty well – but there’s so much woods in Norwell, Hingham and Rockland. He could be anywhere,” Peraino said.
Hingham’s animal control officer, Leslie Badger, has brought the dog back to the area to see if he would lead her down his regular walking route.
“He won’t eat dog food. That’s another clue that the guy might have been homeless,” he said.
The dog, who police have nicknamed Beethoven, has been placed with a Braintree foster family, Peraino said. He will be kept there for 30 days before interviews are set up for his adoption. Already, 15 people have called offering to adopt him.
Beethoven’s fur was dirty and matted when he was found, but he has since been spiffed up with a wash and a haircut on Father’s Day.
“He looks like a million bucks,” Peraino said.
Requests to adopt Beethoven can be made through the department’s animal control office, at 781-741-1490.
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