Rescuers search for pets after Indianapolis neighborhood explosion

Dog of couple killed still missing

INDIANAPOLIS - Two days after an explosion rocked a south side neighborhood, animal rescuers are still searching for missing pets, including the dog of the couple killed in the blast.

Officials with the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic focused their efforts Tuesday just outside the epicenter of Saturday's explosion at a home in the Richmond Hill subdivision, near Sherman Drive between County Line Road and Stop 11 Road.

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Workers set up 16 traps with salmon and mackerel inside aimed at luring skittish cats who may be hiding in the debris.

"They're scared, but unlike humans, they don't know what's going on," said Darcy Kurtz, director of medical services for the clinic. "We realize what has happened, but they don't."

Volunteers will monitor the area around the clock, ensuring that any cats that are caught aren't in the traps for very long, officials said.

"We know people are already distressed enough, and they want to make sure that their pets are OK," Kurtz said. "This is a way we can help them." 

The Humane Society of Indianapolis posted on its Facebook page that John Dion and Jennifer Longworth, who were killed in Saturday's explosion, had adopted a dog, Pepper, from the shelter several years ago, who is now missing

"Family members are searching for her, but we wanted to put everyone on alert," the shelter said. "This dog would now be about 7 years old."

FACE officials said anyone who is missing a cat should contact them on their website with a description of their pet.

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