Iowa bartender helps connect woman to missing dog

Surveillance video from Tonic in West Des Moines helped Riley Pilch locate her dog that vanished from her home in Grimes. Her dog, Rip, disappeared from their yard Sunday, leaving her scrambling for answers. She took to Facebook, asking community members to keep their eyes peeled.”And we started getting tips, and people started sharing it and then it just kind of blew up,” Pilch said. Pilch filed a police report a couple of days later — the same day there was a break in the case. A bartender at Tonic said she made the connection after a couple brought the dog into the bar. The couple brought in the dog on Monday night, and the bartender didn’t see the missing dog post on her social media until Tuesday.”I was on Facebook and I saw a post for a missing black German Shepard. And I thought that was really weird because it looked exactly like the black German Shepard that was in tonic the night prior,” said Riley Kirk, a bartender at Tonic in West Des Moines. After this tip, Rip’s owner worked with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to get her dog back. Riley Kirk says she still doesn’t know how she was able to make t he connection so easily.”I don’t even know how I would’ve been able to make the connection, but something just didn’t sit right with me,” Kirk said. And for Kirk’s observance, Pilch is grateful. She has her dog back, completely unharmed.”Honestly it was everybody else that made this happen. All of social media, the community, it took a village. Everyone rallied up for him. I’m so happy,” Pilch said. Authorities say no charges will be filed since they can’t prove intent. After the incident, Pilch urges other people to have their dogs micro-chipped. Blue Pearl Pet Hospital will be donating 25 microchips to Riley to give to pet owners that need them.

Surveillance video from Tonic in West Des Moines helped Riley Pilch locate her dog that vanished from her home in Grimes.

Her dog, Rip, disappeared from their yard Sunday, leaving her scrambling for answers.

She took to Facebook, asking community members to keep their eyes peeled.

“And we started getting tips, and people started sharing it and then it just kind of blew up,” Pilch said.

Pilch filed a police report a couple of days later — the same day there was a break in the case.

A bartender at Tonic said she made the connection after a couple brought the dog into the bar.

The couple brought in the dog on Monday night, and the bartender didn’t see the missing dog post on her social media until Tuesday.

“I was on Facebook and I saw a post for a missing black German Shepard. And I thought that was really weird because it looked exactly like the black German Shepard that was in tonic the night prior,” said Riley Kirk, a bartender at Tonic in West Des Moines.

After this tip, Rip’s owner worked with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to get her dog back.

Riley Kirk says she still doesn’t know how she was able to make the connection so easily.

“I don’t even know how I would’ve been able to make the connection, but something just didn’t sit right with me,” Kirk said.

And for Kirk’s observance, Pilch is grateful. She has her dog back, completely unharmed.

“Honestly it was everybody else that made this happen. All of social media, the community, it took a village. Everyone rallied up for him. I’m so happy,” Pilch said.

Authorities say no charges will be filed since they can’t prove intent.

After the incident, Pilch urges other people to have their dogs micro-chipped.

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital will be donating 25 microchips to Riley to give to pet owners that need them.

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