LOCUST GROVE — A couple traveling through the Locust Grove area is asking for the community’s help in locating their lost beagle, Daisy.

Peggy Bertels and her husband Joe were headed home to Tampa Tuesday when they stopped at the QuikTrip off I-75 on Bill Gardener Parkway in Locust Grove. Mrs. Bertels said she had taken 4-year-old Daisy out on a leash for a restroom break when the beagle was suddenly attacked by a large, unleashed pitbull.

“This dog came out of nowhere and grabbed her,” said Bertels. “I got the pitbull’s collar and pulled him off her, but in the process (the pitbull) pulled her collar off and she ran in a ravine behind the QuikTrip.”

Bertels said she and her husband drove around the area looking for Daisy and waited outside the ravine in case she re-emerged. They have also contacted Henry County Animal Control in case anyone finds Daisy. Bertels said Daisy is a therapy dog who is helping her in her fight against breast cancer.

Now the couple is waiting and hoping.

“I totally don’t know what to do,” said Bertels.

Daisy is a tri-colored beagle who weighs about 17.5 pounds and is microchipped. Anyone who sees her should contact the Bertels at 215-740-6898 or by email at

The Bertels are offering a $500 reward for the return of their beagle.

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