Search party looks for black Lab mix that went missing after Port Jefferson Station fire

Neighbors, friends and volunteers searched for a black Labrador retriever mix who went missing after a fatal fire in Port Jefferson Station on Sunday.

News 12 Staff

Jul 12, 2022, 6:59 PM

Updated 642 days ago

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Neighbors, friends and volunteers searched for a black Labrador retriever mix who went missing after a fatal fire in Port Jefferson Station on Sunday.
They gathered at around 6 p.m. near Superior Street to search for the dog.
At the time of the fire, 6-year-old Zeke was not injured because he was in the backyard.
He was reported as having been seen on the day of the fire around Pagnotta and Norton streets wearing a blue collar.
An 83-year-old woman, Catherine Davis, was killed during the fire and her 76-year-old husband, John Davis, was hospitalized.
Zeke's owner says that he has gotten out of the backyard in the past and has wandered off into Selden.
Neighbors say they want to support those who have already suffered so much.
"The entire community is behind them - we're all here," says Rachel Golden. "We care about them; we're going to help them any way we can."
The search is personal for Golden whose cat, Oliver, went missing and was never found following a fire at her house in 2021.
"They have far more tragedy than I had and I just want them to have some kind of happy ending to their story," Golden says. "So, if we could just find their dog, that would be a great comfort to them."
Animal rescuers, including Jacquie Canale-Buscemi with the group Missing Angels, also joined the efforts.
"We ask all neighbors, everyone to check their backyards, check under their decks, under bushes, behind sheds, in sheds, some will even dig under sheds," Canale-Buscemi says.
The searchers got word of several reported sightings of Zeke, but they haven't been able to find him as of Tuesday evening.


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