Special Photo Owner Elizabeth Ingram said her pit bull mix named Stella is lost after she dropped the dog off with a Lawrenceville woman advertising her training services on Craigslist. Stella has been missing since June 1.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- For 20 days, Elizabeth Ingram has roamed the streets of Lawrenceville, posting flyers, writing letters and searching for the dog she believes was lost by a Craigslist scam artist.
When Ingram's 18-month-old pit bull mix named Stella got in a fight with one of her other dogs, the Lula resident was prompted to seek help. Lured in by the seeming professionalism of a Craigslist poster offering training services, Stella was dropped off at a home on Johnson Road on June 1.
"The woman sounded great and so professional," Ingram said Friday. "She really knew about the breed."
It turned out that Brooke Brovich, though, wasn't much of a trainer.
The day after Stella was dropped off, Ingram had trouble getting in touch with Brovich. Eventually, the woman would tell Ingram her dog had been adopted out to a family member in Alabama. The Ingrams demanded an address to retrieve her, but to no avail.
The next day, Brovich reportedly admitted via text message that Stella had been lost. The dog ran out the door after Brovich's husband, the woman told the Ingrams.
Stella hasn't been found since, though some believed sightings have been reported. A $1,000 reward has been offered.
Attempts to contact Brovich were unsuccessful. Ingram said she's been told the woman has left the state.
In the meantime, Ingram has spent three weeks canvassing Lawrenceville.
"We have put flyers out in the whole 30045 and 30046 (zip codes)," she said.
Ingram is still holding out hope that Stella will be found. She said she's received calls about eight possible sightings in the last week. Three have been from the Greyland Hills subdivision, including one on trash day.
She plans to stay in the area overnight next week to be up bright and early for another garbage pick-up.
"Anything that I can do, I'm going to do," Ingram said, adding the Gwinnett Animal Control and the Lawrenceville Police Department have been helpful. "I hope I have a happy ending. I never thought this would happen to me. I was always so careful."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ingram at 404-274-0378 or 678-434-5835 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.