Social media search pays off: Cooper is home

Cooper is missing from his Bellbrook/Sugarcreek home. (Photo/Ann McDonough)
Cooper is missing from his Bellbrook/Sugarcreek home. (Photo/Ann McDonough)

SUGARCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The search for a missing dog in Sugarcreek finally paid off.

Cooper, the silver labrador, is back home safe and sound in his Sugarcreek home.

The dog’s story went viral last week getting thousands and thousands of hits on line.

The dog’s owner, Ann McDonough, says someone returned the dog to their Sugarcreek home Tuesday night.

She says the dog was put in an unlocked utility shed attached to their home eight days after she believes he was taken.  A neighbor who was watching the home while McDonough was away heard scratching and went to investigate.  He found Cooper inside.

She said several people showed up to her home Wednesday morning excited to meet Cooper.

McDonough praised the community for its outpouring of concern and effort to find the dog.  She told last week that she was hearing from people she didn’t even know who were looking for the dog.

A Facebook page dedicated to finding lost pets in the area reports that it received some 1,000 followers in one day when Cooper’s story went viral.

Cooper was checked by a vet, who says the dog lost a couple of pounds, but is doing just fine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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