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Local business owner continues weeks-long search for missing dog

Posted: July 24, 2013 7:11 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 7:11 p.m.

Francisco Gamero stands on the corner of Rye Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road on Wednesday seeking his lost dog Ruby. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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On a busy street corner in Valencia one man stood alone, holding aloft a large yellow sign, occasionally smiling in appreciation as drivers honked in support or flashed him a thumbs-up.

He will stand there for up to four hours, just as he has on this and other corners over the last 10 days.

Francisco Gamero says he will continue to stand on Santa Clarita Valley street corners with a poster seeking his dog Ruby’s return until the beloved pet is safe at home.

“I’m on a mission,” he said Wednesday, his voice cracking with emotion. “I have to find her, one way or another.”
For almost three weeks the local business owner has been mounting a massive campaign to find Ruby, who went missing from his Bridgeport home on the night of July 4.

Gamero, the owner of the two U Wash Doggie locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, said Wednesday he has been searching “literally day and night” for Ruby, a 2 1/2-year-old red Vizsla.

Ruby is somewhat skittish, Gamero said, and was likely spooked by the fireworks display.

“I’ll do just about anything to find my dog,” Gamero said as he stood Wednesday with his sign at the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Rye Canyon Road. “She is part of our soul.”

His efforts include printing more than 4,000 fliers and posting them throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

While the almost three-week-long search has yielded some clues about Ruby’s whereabouts, including a report she was sighted several days ago near Kelly Johnson Parkway, she was still missing Wednesday.

Ruby, along with Gamero’s golden retriever Lola, serve as de facto mascots for his business, Gamero said.

“So many people know them,” he said. “And they just fell in love with (Ruby).”

“I’m not going to give up,” he said of his missing dog. “She’s going to have to show up somewhere.”

“I have to find her. I just have to.”

Anyone who spots Ruby is encouraged to call Gamero at 818-262-5566.
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