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Car is reward for finding lost dog

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Flyers are up in Nelson and Hardin counties to find a dog named Bella, who has been missing for more than two weeks, and the reward is a car.

People have been searching for 3-year-old Golden Retriever Bella.

Two days before Thanksgiving, Bella and the Burns' other dog Marley left their fenced-in backyard snuck through a door and out the open garage, which is usually closed.

The family lives in the Elizabethtown area near Upper Colesburg Road, between Highway 62 and Highway 434.

Ashley Burns says, "I love her so much. She's my baby, you know. We don't have kids. We love our pets like children, like family members."

The next day, Marley was found a mile and a half from the house by Animal Control, but Bella was nowhere to be found.

With snow and ice still on the ground, they hope Bella, named after the "Twilight" character, is staying in someone's home.

Ashley Burns says, "She's not on the side of the road. She's not in the woods, but I just hope they find it in their heart to bring her back home. I know she misses us as much as we miss her."

Ashley's husband Mike Burns says, "It's just a blur, just been a real dark scary crazy two weeks. We just want her back. I can't function normally."

The couple has been trying to have kids for 10 years, and say their dogs are like their children.

The Burns say the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix with leather seats has a blue book value of $3100. Since they don't have extra money to give for a reward, they say the car is the next best thing.

Mike Burns says, "We want people to take the car. We don't want people to say I'll give you your dog back, we don't want the car. We want people to know that this is payment or a reward, however you want to look at it, for bringing our dog back."

Bella was not wearing her collar. Several tip calls have come in, but all of them have been false leads.

Ashley Burns says, "I just really need her back you know. I've looked everywhere that she normally lays and she's not there and it just feels so empty and it's just this deep feeling of emptiness."

Bella is spayed. She has bald places just below her neck and weighs 75 pounds.

If you find Bella, you're urged to call the Burns at 270-307-3714.

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