By: Jenn Schanz
Stephanie Howell has just one thing on her Christmas list this year; to have her family's beloved German Shepherds, Sergeant and Natia, safe at home.
On Dec. 19th, the dogs escaped from her backyard near 70th and Adams.
"I went to bring them in from outside, they didn't come, so I went out front, cause they'd actually gotten out like a week before but they didn't get very far," she says.
But this time is different, they've been gone five days.
Howell says the dogs broke through their fence, but after learning they were missing, the news only got worse."
"A woman approached me, asked if I was looking for two German Shepherds and I told her I was, and at that time she told me she witnessed both of them get hit."
Neighbors say after being hit by cars, Sergeant ran north, and Natia ran south.
Howell believes she spotted Natia the next morning near 98th and O streets, but couldn't catch her.
There's been no sign of Sergeant since Thursday.
Now, the search is on to find the pair before Christmas.
But in Nebraska winter, vets say being outside for too long is a danger in itself.
"Hypothermia is our biggest concern. They can also become ataxic meaning they can't quite control their movements and get along as well," says Veterinarian Jeremiah Vondra.
Howell has taken her search efforts to Facebook, and people from all over Lincoln and surrounding areas are pitching in to help.
"There's nothing I can say to let all these people know how much I appreciate what they're doing," she says.
If you have any information about Sergeant or Natia, share it on the search's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bringing-Sergeant-and-Natia-Home/470817326357748
If you happened to spot them call Animal Control immediately at 402-441-7900.