- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - A Murray State student who lost most of his belongings in a tornado earlier this month has welcomed the help of a pet detective and a fleet of drones as they search for the man’s beloved dog.

Ruger, a 2-year-old male blue heeler was torn from the arms of his owner Matt James as they sought shelter inside James’ garage during a tornado near Mayfield on May 10.

James, his girlfriend Brie Keyes and her mother Lisa have been following up on about 20 reported sightings of Ruger from Mayfield to Paducah, The Paducah Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1TpQGkq).

The three of them have teamed up with Jamie Katz, a Florida-based pet detective, to strategically place signs across western Kentucky to raise awareness about the dog.

“If he’s out there, we’re going to find him, I don’t have a doubt,” said Katz, who is working pro bono.

On Tuesday, representatives from Colorado based store MultiCopter Warehouse flew into Kentucky with drones and iso-thermal capable cameras to help scour the region, also free of charge.

Both James and his girlfriend are leaving for out-of-town internships next week, but in the meantime they are building a network of animal control offices and humane societies to help keep their eyes open for Ruger in their absence.

“It’s crazy, but a good crazy,” Brie Keyes said. “I’d rather it be overwhelming than not enough. We can’t thank everybody enough.”

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com

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