Missing Simsbury Beagle Might Be in Suffield

The owner of Jilly, a missing adopted Beagle, said she was seen recently in West Suffield.

An adopted Beagle dog that went missing nearly four months ago may have made her way into West Suffield, the dog's owner reports.

Jilly was adopted from an Ohio dog rescue agency in early September and has been missing since just four days after she came to her new home in Simsbury.

Jilly's new owner, Chris Lilley, a volunteer firefighter with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, received notice of several sightings in Simsbury and Granby during the months of October and November.

Now it seems Jilly has traveled to the west and is roaming around the area of West Suffield. Lilley's mother, Rebecca Strempfer, said the Granby Police Department has received calls about Jilly sightings in that area.

Jilly was most likely abused before she was adopted and seems to be very afraid of people, according to her owners. Those who have seen Jilly said she appears to be very skinny and very dirty.

"The dog is starting to get slower, skinnier, more dissoriented and more hungary and is probably starting to struggle a lot more with the snow," Strempfer said.

If you happen to spot Jilly wandering around, contact Chris Lilley at 860-559-9657 or Simsbury Animal Control at 860-658-3110.

Bridget fagan January 04, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Suffield animal control just picked up a beagle today that took a month to capture...maybe the same dog?
Paul Bahre January 05, 2013 at 04:27 PM
The dog either died or someone, who does not read the patch took it in.
Marge O January 06, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Should run ad in suffield paper and post Jillys picture throughout that town
Marge O January 07, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I thought I saw Jilly in November in Granby Called all phone numbers but no one called me back
Rebecca Strempfer January 07, 2013 at 02:50 PM
The Granby animal patrol has caught 3 beagles this month which either had chips or had a license. The Suffiled beagle is mostly white and another beagle was just caught in Agawam yesterday but it is older than Jilly and the markings are different. So maybe the next one that pops up will be Jilly. Someone last week said they saw a beagle strolling down Hungary Rd in Granby and was slowing down traffic, but no one stopped to catch her!
Rebecca Strempfer January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Marge you probably did see Jilly in November. From mid-Nov to mid-Dec there were several sightings called in from people seeing her near Granby Ctr, Salmon Brook park, Multicomplex town bldgs, Granby Motel, Zimmer Rd., Stateline Bar, Canal Rd. & Hungary Rd. but then things got quiet at christmas time except for the beagle caught in Suffiled.
Betty Cassidy January 08, 2013 at 01:41 AM
My friend found a beagle in front of the Police Academy in Agawam and are trying to find the owners. Looks like the same dog...I left a message on the Jilly's phone that was listed in article.
Rebecca Strempfer January 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Thanks Betty, yes my son got a call on Sunday from Agawam asking him to verify if that beagle was his. Although many of the markings are similar, it was not "Jilly". We really thought that we had finally found her, and it definitely was possible for her to have made her way up to Agawam. There seems to be a missing beagle epidemic going on.
Rebecca Strempfer January 08, 2013 at 01:55 PM
We believe Jilly originated on an Amish farm in kentucky and was used for hunting and possibly did not pan out and so she ended up in Ohio to be adopted. I hope the Agawam beagle finds its owner.
Rebecca Strempfer January 08, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Back in October when Jilly first escaped, a bow hunter in the woods near the Farmington River in Simsbury had called my son and said "I think I am hunting with your beagle". But then she ran off and the hunter never saw her after that.
Sue Mullins January 08, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Its really too bad that so many of us took the time to contact Chris Lilley...and the gentlemen in Agawam who had found a beagle even sent a "text" picture....but Chris didn't even bother to reply to him. How ungrateful. The beagle found in AGawam is now with the Westfield animal control...in case someone who cares is looking for it.
Rebecca Strempfer January 09, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Chris was having alot of cell phone issues over the weekend, but Jen the animal control officer from granby has been in constant contact immediately with chris about every beagle seen, caught or found just to stay updated on everything. Unfortunately she can only be reached thru the Granby police who then leaves a voice message so things get delayed on that end also. Here is my phone #860-416-2749 and the Granby police is #860-844-5335 and all of the animal patrol officers and police dept from Avon to North Hampton are aware of Jilly
Paul Bahre January 09, 2013 at 03:24 PM
One of the big problems here is that Beagles are the number one dog for running off and roaming. Beagles are fast and they love to bum rush the door. They are small and cute but not very bright. They get turned around easily and finding their compass is not their forte. My guess is someone found the dog. If that dog is a good hunter then it's going feral, if not it's dead.
Rebecca Strempfer January 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Thanks for your honesty and your realistic input. Back in July, Chris had to put down his 13 year old dog, which his 7 year old daughter deeply missed. So he decided to go online and research rescue dogs. Never owning a beagle, he did not really know what he was getting into.But on 9/7 "Jilly" arrived in CT. She wimpered alot & seemed to be depressed the first 4 days, and then on 9/1 she backed out of her collar and took off. They had probably sedated her for the long trip from Ohio.So she has no clue where nshe is or where home is. Other people have said the same thing about her becoming feral. She really stayed along the Rails-to-Trails bike path for the 1st 2 months and then she found farmland in Granby and got off the Rails-to-Trails. If we find her do you think she could be domesticated again (maybe she never was) or be at the house with an electric fence system? She has been afraid of people from the start, which has been the problem since day one, because no one can approach her, even during the first week of her escape she was very skittish of humans. It is a sad story but with hope perhaps she will be found.
Rebecca Strempfer January 09, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Thanks for your helpful input. I am a very serious animal lover. I take care of 11 horses, 3 goats, a donkey and 40 chickens every day and find it very satisfying. and I am totally up for the challenge of getting Jilly healthy and people oriented. Almost like owning a fidelco dog. I have got alot of love and determination that goes beyond some peoples comprehension. If we never find her though, I am able to live myself knowing we did everything we could to help find her. I will see what I can do with the Suffield News and resources to get the word out. The dog rescue company completely denied ever having any issues with her, and told us "she always came when she was called". We know otherwise.
Rebecca Strempfer January 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Chris responded to 12 calls/ facebooks/texts on Sunday about the Agawam beagle, telling everyone it was not Jilly.
Iris lambert January 16, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Rebecca, Jilly will be able to be helped once she's caught. Like Karen suggested she will need everyone in her corner to be patient in helping her. at one point while I was helping to find Jilly there was a website that I came upon and the woman worked specifically with dogs that were afraid of humans. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the site but I think the woman was here in ct. Also has there been anymore recent siting of Jilly? I still think someone has given her some kind of shelter but just cannot get close enough to her. Keep looking for her, I'm sure she'll be caught.
Rebecca Strempfer January 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Things have been pretty quiet on the "Jilly" story. Granby caught another beagle sunday afternoon, but it wasn't Jilly. I am still hopeful that Jilly will just get so tired that she will finally give up and let us catch her. The weather elements will unlikely deter her journeys and keep her close to someones barn or shelter. Food sources are becoming less for her as well. But she is obviously a young, strong surviving beagle, who may still have some stamina in her. I know dogs who are found 6-12 months later, so who knows. I will take over ownership of Jilly, once found. Chris lives in a condominium and I have the funds, space and desire to get Jilly on the right track. Put me on a mission, and I fulfill it @ 100%, so I think I am a good candidate for the challenge. Thanks for staying on the patch about this. I will need all the advice I can get! Stay in touch! I will let you know on any updates, as they come thru. I sure have learned alot about beagles in the past 4 months, that's for sure!
Iris lambert January 21, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Rebecca, like I said before don't lose hope. Obviously she's out there and still making it day to day. Hopefully like you said , she'll just slow down enough for someone to help her. I think you guys should still go to the media, the news stations. I have seen people get their dogs back when they have actually used the local news stations. Like I stated before, someone might be having some kind of contact with her but because they are not online they might not know what is going on. Just a thought. I really do hope you guys find her. I will definitely keep following your story, I'm always looking to see if there have been new sighting of her. Don't lose hope.
Iris lambert January 21, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Karen, it seems that Rebecca will take over ownership. This family has done so much to help find her and bring her home. I'm sure once she is found they will get her the necessary help and training she will need. Lets all hope they find her.
Rebecca Strempfer January 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Scott Haney has been in contact with me. he put it on the morning news already. I have sent everything in to Suffield Reminder. We had poster up in simsbury,Granby,southwick convenience stores.restaurants etc. It is exhausting!
Iris lambert January 23, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Rebecca, that's great! Now lets hope you guys get more calls about Jilly. Just remember don't lose hope, she's still out there.
Rebecca Strempfer March 11, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Hi Karen, there have been no sightings since mid-december when the first snow came. We try not to talk about her anymore, it's just too sad. Sometimes I drive down the road hoping she will just pop out at me. Whatever is meant to be...is meant to be! Thanks for all your concerns and comments. It helped to keep the hope!


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