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Falls Church family says emotional support dog was hit by car and now missing

Rebecca DeVanney said her family rescued Chance the Pitbull two years ago and say he was abused in the past. Now they're desperately trying to find him.
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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — A Falls Church family is desperately searching for their emotional support dog.

Rebecca DeVanney said her family's dog, Chance, is missing. The dog is her daughter's emotional support animal, and right now she says her daughter is struggling.

Chance is a Pitbull. They rescued him two years ago and said he was abused by a previous owner.

On Nov. 5 around 5:30 p.m.,  DeVanney said Chance ran outside when the pet sitter opened the front door of their home in Fair Lakes.

DeVanney said she and her daughter, who is 15, were in Tennessee at a softball tournament when they got the call from the sitter. She says the sitter told her that they had chased after Chase as soon as it happened. They claimed they saw Chase get hit by a car but then saw him sprint off into the woods.

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DeVanney said Chase has a tracker collar. 

She said they immediately began tracking Chase and they were able to monitor the pings on his collar as they rushed home from Tennessee. She said his tracker collar was eventually found between Fairfax County Parkway and the Monument Drive exit.

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The family is extremely upset and concerned that he was hurt and possibly taken by someone with bad intentions. They say Chase, who is 60 pounds, is shy and the family asked that people not to chase after him.

If you have any information or know where Chance is, the DeVanney family is asking you to call them at (571) 991-9173.


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