Dog of Best-Selling Author Dennis Lehane Goes Missing, American Dog Rescue Foundation Brings Awareness To Search

Jan 08, 2013, 11:00 ET from American Dog Rescue

Arthur E. Benjamin, inspired by an urgent plea from best-selling Author Dennis Lehane, will assist in the search for beloved furry family member, Tessa

BROOKLINE, Mass., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arthur E. Benjamin, Founder of the American Dog Rescue Foundation (ADRF), inspired by the heartfelt plea from best-selling author Dennis Lehane, will assist in the search for beloved furry family member, "Tessa." Missing since Christmas Eve, Benjamin is launching an all-out search via internet, social media, a database of thousands by email, local shelters, and animal lovers across the country to help find Tessa Lehane.


On December 24, 2012, Lehane, a 47-year-old author of books including "Mystic River" and "Gone, Baby, Gone," discovered rescue Beagle Tessa had escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch did not completely lock. Lehane and his wife adopted the 4-year-old beagle from South East Beagle Rescue in Florida. Before that, Tessa was a stray in Georgia.

With the help of ADRF's bandwidth, including website, respective Facebook pages and other media outlets, Benjamin hopes to bring resolution to the weeks of mystery and worry brought to the Lehane family over the missing pet. The crime novelist is offering a monetary reward, and has agreed to name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa.

"I extend my heartfelt thanks to Arthur and the American Dog Rescue Foundation," said best-selling author Dennis Lehane.

Arthur E. Benjamin is a well-known activist, who is involved with numerous dog rescue organizations, including Nowzad Dogs, the first and only animal rescue organization serving the dogs and cats of Afghanistan. Named "Operation Homeward Bound," Benjamin has orchestrated efforts between soldiers from the Michigan Army Reserve, Nowzad, and his American Dog Rescue to relocate dogs from the Middle East to the U.S.

ADRF is also committed to stopping the illegal meat trade in Thailand, which began with a puppy named "Sea Lion." Benjamin partnered with the Education and Animal Rescue Society (EARS) in Dallas, and luckily found a foster willing to take Sea Lion for his six months of quarantine. "Sea Lion" has since traveled from Bangkok, Thailand, to his forever home in Melbourne, Australia, via a six-month stay in a foster home in Dallas.

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