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A Christmas Wish: Riley's Safe Return

A heartbroken family only wants one thing this holiday season.

Carol LaPlante has been keeping hope alive for the past six weeks that somehow her yellow Lab, Riley, 7, will come back home.

Riley is very timid and skittish and he was last seen on Halloween night between Forest Road and Orange Avenue in Milford after he was frightened by trick-or-treaters.

Since their story came out, LaPlante said she has received calls of possible sightings, but they turned up empty. They are inconsolable in his absence, as "the Boy" is a beloved member of their family.

If you see him, the LaPlantes ask that you please do not chase Riley, but call out, "Treats!" and call them any time of the day or night at 203-878-4556, or 203-606-8234 to report his location.

In a heartwrenching statement on Sunday, Carol LaPlante wrote, "It continues to get more and more difficult to live without knowing what has happened to our Riley. Life is not the same without the big golden boy bringing a smile to our hearts. My family is heartbroken so it is very hard for me to write about the boy. We are keeping the faith, and we are continuing to look."

EDITOR'S NOTE:  I don't know where Riley is, but I keep my eyes open for him wherever I go. If everyone in the area could repost this story link http://patch.com/A-px4P on their facebook pages then the word would get out beyond our area and maybe we could help make a Christmas miracle happen for Riley and the LaPlante family.

Susie December 14, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Posting on FB along with others - pls let us know when Riley is found - we are all hoping he is returned home safely!

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