They had to act quickly, as the area was experiencing cold, rainy weather conditions. "When you drop a trap you cannot really leave it there unattended," Manov said. "It has to be tended to the whole time because you can mistakenly trap wild animals." And when you trap the correct animal, he or she can get scared and very upset, thrash about and get hurt.
To make sure the dog was hungry when the trap was set, Cindy stopped putting out food a day before.
Trap. Set. Bait.
Since Manov was off from work on Tuesday and would be able to monitor the trap, it was set on Monday night, February 1 at 8:30 p.m.
The bait: A pre-cooked, hot rotisserie chicken.
The trap was set with a trail of the cooked chicken leading into the trap.
Just like in "Hansel & Gretel."
"We sat there until 11 p.m. Me, Lisa (Bogart) and Jess (Cindy's daughter). It was so cold that night. I only lived two miles away so I came back every two hours after 11 to check the trap," Manov said.
Nothing. Not one sign of the dog.
Manov's last check was at 5:30 the next morning. "I knew she was hanging around somewhere, and I didn't want her to smell me. I didn't want to disturb her feeding place too much."