WARETOWN, NJ – Six years ago, a dog named Ryder made it on the inside to a loving home. His original rescuers had him for an overnight visit when the pup decided to hop their fence and remains unfounded.

Ryder escaped from the Dock Avenue home of Sherri Wunnenberg a couple of days ago. No sightings have been reported, although a tracking dog sniffed him out on Wunnenberg’s street.

The chestnut-colored mixed breed pooch weighs somewhere between 45-50 pounds. Ryder tends to act a bit fearful when it comes to animals of the human variety. He has on a blue collar with tags that lead to Wunnenberg. Her number is 609-713-3848.

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Survival in the wild may come natural to Ryder. Wunnenberg runs an animal rescue named Homeless Paws and says she found the lost dog as a feral.  She held on to him a bit and found him an adoptive home in Manahawkin.

Wunnenberg stayed in touch with Ryder’s new family and happily agreed to babysit for him. She’s devastated that the pup left at all – more so, because the escape happened while in her care.

Anyone who sees Ryder should avoid chasing him as he is skittish and will run to avoid capture. Please telephone Wunnenberg with any sightings at 609-713-3848.