Share This Page

Ohio woman on lookout for pooch possibly stolen in Greensburg

| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Leia

Police are seeking information about an Ohio woman's dog who may have been scooped up by a passing motorist as family members frantically searched for the pet along East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.

A happy reunion between Jessica Barkasi, a recently retired schoolteacher from Columbus, Ohio, and her brother, David Barkasi of Greensburg, was turned upside down on Monday when the woman's miniature pinscher escaped from her brother's fenced-in yard on Wilson Avenue.

Greensburg police Capt. Chad Zucco said police received information that the female pooch named Leia may have been taken by a motorist.

Jessica Barkasi said she will delay her return home in hopes that the dog will be found. She was visiting the area after not seeing her brother for seven years.

“Oh, that's my girl. She's the only one I have at home. ... I don't want to go back until I find her,” Barkasi said.

Barkasi said family members thought they were only dealing with a lost pooch until receiving a telephone call from a motorist on Thursday who watched in her rearview mirror as an unidentified male motorist picked up the dog.

“The woman told me that the dog had a red collar, and I didn't tell anyone that ... so I know it was her,” Jessica Barkasi said.

The dog ran from Wilson Avenue onto East Pittsburgh Street near the CoGo's gas station and convenience store.

“It happened so fast, no one was able to get a description of the car. But we know it was a man who picked the dog up,” Zucco said.

The Barkasis received the tip because of the numerous reward posters they have posted around Greensburg since the incident.

“I'm offering a $100 reward for her return. I just wouldn't feel right heading back to Ohio without her ... at least I know now she wasn't hit,” Barkasi said.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 724-834-3800.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.