I met Tracey Dreibelbis on day seven trying to catch Fred whom had escaped from my neighbor’s boarding facility. She was very professional and informed me of Fred’s patterns over the past few days. She came up with a plan to catch Fred using my fenced in yard. We baited my yard with McDonald cheese burgers and she recommended us to grill out on night seven. We did as instructed by Tracey and Fred showed to eat. I was able to take pictures of him. Tracey explained we wanted to build trust with Fred.
On day 8 of Fred’s jail break, Tracey & helper were at my house to create the enclosure with ropes, leads, any and every type of dog treats known; liver, hotdogs, & venison. They spent 2 to 3 hours baiting and setting up how to trap Fred in the least restrictive way. Tracey’s plan included using my backyard fence to trap him and then corralled him into my basement to feed and calm Fred.
Fred showed that evening to eat again. It only took 16 min from that sighting to have him safely in my basement. With the quick capture he did not show any signs of stress due to the capture. Tracey texted myself and helper each step along the way, so everyone knew their part and what to expect. I walked downstairs after Tracey had time to evaluate him, Fred was laying on his back and licking everyone hands & arms. Tracey’s compassion for these animals is seen throughout every step of the capturing process.