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Neighbour offers $1,000 reward for dog missing after fire

Community rallies behind family left homeless

An Oro-Medonte man is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of missing dog Thunder.

Shane MacIsaac lives on the same street as the family who lost everything in a Monday afternoon blaze on Huronwoods Drive in Sugarbush.

"I don't know the people but I figured I'd do what I could to try and help out,"  said MacIsaac.

The missing dog is a female malamute, one of two owned by the family, and may have run off.

MacIsaac has spent hours in the woods on his ATV searching for the pet. 

"Fortunately they found one of the dogs about an hour after the fire and both of the dogs from what I understand were outside during the fire," said MacIsaac.   

Neighbours say there's also a chance Thunder ran back into the burning house and perished. 

The father was home when the blaze broke out and escaped with minor injuries.

The man, his wife and their three teenage children are staying with friends.

Scott Thomas knows the family and is looking after the one dog that was found. 

On Thursday, Thomas says 'Friends of Sugarbush' and some volunteers will be accepting donations of gift cards, money and notes of well-wishes to support the family.

"The community of Sugarbush is really close," said Thomas. "We look after each other and will 'pass the hat' and try to ease their situation."

MacIsaac says the reward for Thunder's safe return is just a small gesture he can make to a family who lost everything.

Township of Oro-Medonte Fire Chief Hugh Murray says the fire is not suspicious.

It is currently under investigation by Oro-Medonte Fire Staff and loss is estimated at $400,000.

This is the second time a fire has destroyed the home after a blaze in 2009 caused over $185,000 in damage.

The 2009 fire, involving the same home owners, was deemed to be electrical in nature, according to Chief Murray. 

Anyone who spots the missing dog or wants to help the family can call MacIsaac at 705-241-9668 or Thomas at 705-627-1801.

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