GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A case of disappearing dogs in one community has neighbors mystified, wondering if they're being targeted by other animals or predators on two feet.
Anthony and Surina Dicorte have three children, but they say their family really started when they got Charlie, a terrier/German shepherd mix.
"We got him when he was six months,” Surina said. “I was pregnant with my first daughter."
They haven't seen him since late September.
"I'm emotionally torn up over it,” Anthony said. “I've been crying off and on the whole time."
"It's like a loved one, like your own son almost," Surina said.
After talking with neighbors along Uhlen Branch in Wurtland, they discovered they weren't alone.
Jesse and Labreeska Adams are among at least six other families whose dogs have also gone missing.
They doubt it's a coyote problem.
"I've heard them out farther in the county, but never out here," Anthony said.
Ttheir fear is someone is capturing and selling.
"It's awful you live out in the country and have to keep your dog chained up or in the house to keep it from getting stolen," Jesse said.
They've been checking pounds and Craigslist, but no luck.
They're at least hoping to alert and prevent others from suffering the same loss.
"When kids get attached to something, it's not right to snatch them out from them because it hurts the whole family," Labreeska said.
The Greenup County Sheriff's Department has been notified.