Fargo woman issues urgent plea to find missing dog

A Fargo family has pulled out all the stops in an effort to find a beloved member of its household.

Ottessen family dog Emma. She has been missing since Jan. 11.
Submitted photo.

FARGO — Angela Ottesen of Fargo is like any of you with a beloved pet in the house. And their Shiba Inu, Emma, is a former foster dog that became the family's forever companion.

"We've always been a dog family, so whether we've had one dog or three dogs in our whole family, they are a part of us," Ottesen said. "She is feisty and stubborn."

On Jan.11, Emma slipped out of the house and ran off, near the Osgood neighborhood. Ottesen and her family have posted on social media , put up posters around town, even offering a reward hoping someone has seen something.

"My grandma taught us grace and so there's no judgment," Ottesen said. "I would want to keep a dog safe and warm as well. (...) We just want her to come home to us."

Throughout the pandemic, Emma has been that constant source of goodness for the family. Now they are hoping someone can help bring her back home.


"I just want her back," Ottesen said. "I think I've cried a lot of tears this week, because she is like a child to me. (...) Dogs are just part of our family."

Anyone who has seen Emma or has information should call 701-799-0056.

Emma's missing flier.
Submitted photo.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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