Missing Hunting Dogs Returned Home

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP — Two missing hunting dogs are back home with their owners in Columbia County.

According to the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital, someone dropped the dogs off at the vet’s outdoor kennel.

Employees at the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital say the dogs appeared healthy and cared for, but cold.

An employee found the dogs Wednesday morning when she got to work.

These are the same two hunting dogs that were allegedly stolen last Friday from their owners near Orangeville.

Mixed breed hounds Missy and Susie are back at their house on Rohrsburg Road near Orangeville.  The hunting dogs which are trained to hunt coyote were allegedly stolen last Friday.  The dogs are owned by Tracy and Darrell Travelpiece.

A neighbor told state police a woman in a dark sedan pulled up to the house, put the dogs in her car and took off.  According to the neighbor, the woman said she thought the dogs looked thin and believed they were in danger.

Travelpiece told Newswatch 16 the animals may have looked skinny because they recently started eating a new brand of dog food.

Then sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Missy and Susie were dropped off at the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital.

Workers don’t know who dropped them off but an employee found the dogs in the vet’s outdoor kennel.  They called Darrell Travelpiece and he came to get the dogs right away.

We were unable to reach the Travelpiece family for comment.  An employee at the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital says she is happy someone thought to drop off the dogs at a safe place like the animal hospital.  If you have any information about the theft, you are asked to call state police.

30 comments

  • ST

    Why get a dogs if you’re only going to chain it outside alone with no human contact? Hunting dogs or not. Idiots

  • Dr. RothEisenSteinBerg

    How many of you clowns are looking out for the well being of homeless people in the cold?

  • mike

    elk how many racoons , skunks, fox ,deer etc. do you take in on cold nights, don’t forget the rabbits, and the trees, there cold also. i’lll bet you don’t eat meat or fish either.

    • elk

      That’s like comparing apples to oranges…all of those animals you named are indigenous animals to Pa who have adapted to the harsh winters, plus many of them hibernate…these dogs are domestic short haired breeds that are not meant to be kept outside in cold temps for long periods of time…unlike huskies, malamutes etc.

  • Terri

    The dog house was in perfectly good condition. Plus it was stated that they put hay in the dog house and it seemed covered from all weather elements. I hope the ones of you complaining about the condition the dogs were returned don’t have any dogs at all or if you do YOU NEVER take them outside at all and have a litter box for them. Shame on all of you!

  • Angela Hoover Brouse

    Hunting dogs are treated differently than indoor pet dogs?? Was that the animal’s choice? A dog can still be a hunter if treated with love and respect from an owner. Lets hope that they’re not chained outside 24/7 and have somewhat of a life.

  • Me

    Ha Ha. Now that the proper person has stated that they are healthy and were in no danger everyone commenting is, not surprisingly, all of a sudden a hunting dog expert. I guess someone qualified has to make a statement before you can use it as ammunition for an arguement. Lol.

  • MaryDeSales Clark

    No dogs should be “chained” outside in those decrepit doghouses; without protection from the wind, cold…….it is cruel……….hunting dogs or not hunting dogs……..they look pitiful and neglected; to me outside without protection and on those chains……..cruel & unusual punishment; thus I feel their owners should try that for a day…………see if they are being taken care of……………….those dogs are NOT in a good place or life…………God Bless Them & God pray for the owners that they have a “heart” and at least make sure their houses are improved & wind-proof…………..it’s heartbreaking and I get sick looking at their photos…….What’s wrong with everyone???? JUST LOOK AND CRY…………………………..THAT’S WHAT I DID

  • Sue

    They should continue to look for the woman and charge her with theft. If the vet says they’re healthy, they’re healthy, in spite if you nuts that think the pictures show them “too thin”!! Regardless, if that woman thought they were in danger she should have called the SPCA or the police; she had no right to take them let alone drop them off with no food or water! I agree that I personally don’t like chaining dogs at all but having dog houses outside is acceptable and not a reason to just take dogs from someone’s yard. I also agree with the person who stated working dogs can get really thin..our lab is the same way…I am not saying those owners are perfect, but people shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

  • John

    Hounds that are hunted (because that’s what hounds are bred to do), usually look thin. Coyote hounds, can look skinny during the season because they are runners. A typical chase can go ten miles or more. I’ve seen hound dogs on track go 20 miles. When a dog runs this much, it’s impossible to keep weight on them. This is what these dogs are bred to do. They can take being out in the weather, these aren’t house dogs, they’re tough hard hunting hound dogs. I can’t speak for the owner of these hounds, but they look like your typical coyote dog.

  • dave

    My knowledge is that hunting dogs are ‘starved’ for a period of time up until it is time for them to hunt…..so I don’t believe the story of them “changing the food”.

    • Richard Ross

      Dave,

      If you starve a hound prior to the hunt the hound will be looking for food instead of chasing it’s prey. You also take a chance of the hound eating something that is bad for it, thus causing expensive vet bills. Most hound hunters feed their dogs in the evening to encourage them to return home at the end of the day. All hunting dogs are like well trained athletes. They have low body fat and large muscle mass. I have been around hunting dogs my whole life, I am nearing 50 years old, hounds are an expensive investment. I have sold hounds for as much as 5 thousand dollars. The time and money invested into hunting dogs is immense. The people that I know would never starve a dog that is used for hunting.

      For you to make a statement like that shows you know very little about hunting dogs.

      • Dave

        I have had friends/relatives with hunting dogs and they have told me that not all people treat their hunters accordingly (they “starve” them). I guess I should be more clearer when I say that; they feed them but not the recommended portions that they should be fed. I had a GSP arrive on my doorstep yrs ago that was deplorable. Knowing the expense it takes to train these animals we posted ‘found’ signs, ads and no one claimed him. Hence he stayed with us for 9 yrs. Before he passed away. So, yes, I do agree with you on responsible hunting dog owners but there are a few that are irresponsible. I will retract my comment if possible as I should have been more clearer on what I meant. The dogs I know as hunters do not look as those dogs do and are kept on a heated/ac porch. Sorry if I have offended you……

    • Dr. RothEisenSteinBerg

      Dave, I think you made up the story about your boy friend “starving” hunting dogs. You obviously guessed that’s how it’s done.

  • Judi

    Yep hunting dogs will hunt if allowed in the house. That is an old mans fable that they won’t. I know plenty of people that have “indoor” dogs that hunt just fine.

  • Christopher Traugh

    She takes the dogs from a house where there was food and water for them. Then drops them off at an outside kennel without food and water. The dogs are still cold but this time hungry. I hope they find her and charge her for trespassing and theft. Throw the book at her.

  • mkplatypus

    The article clearly states that these are hunting dogs, not pets. Anyone who knows anything about dogs knows that they won’t hunt if they are pampered like pets. A dog raised for hunting is treated very differently and that does not make it abuse. Put down the KoolAid, stop hugging that tree and educate yourself a little.

  • Josh

    WNEP, you may want to correct the part of your story about the dogs being returned to their homes. I believe you meant returned to the chain and stake in the ground, depicted by the photos.

  • george gately jr.

    If there was any misjustice, it was by the person who took the hounds , after all she thought they were cold but they were cold when she left them at the vet hospital. and the hospital personal said they were healthy and cared for. dogs don’t get healthy and care for in just six days there forth she had no right at all and doesn’t know beans about dogs .

  • Tom R

    What is wrong with people! What right did this woman have to trespass on someone’s private property and take their animals? Who the heck does she think she is? If she seriously thought the animals were in danger, she should have called the proper authorities. This is rural Pennsylvania, she is lucky that she wasn’t shot.

  • Paul Uhrin

    I think they should just let this slide. The dogs were stolen yes, but it was in good faith. Out of conxern for the dogs well being which as a dog owner and a hunter I can understand. Lets just hope next time the person calls animal protection instead of taking the law into their own hands.

  • Bobbi

    They were taken bc they were left outside to freeze in those crappy dog ‘houses’… I hope they are taken better care of now. Too bad they were returned while the weather was brutal. Poor dogs…

  • Jeannie Lee

    Why are these two dogs chained outside in the snow? They do look cold and thin. Why does this guy even want dogs if he is going to chain them outside in the cold.

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