UPDATED: Zeus Found Safe During Search

Photo of Zeus, the mascot for the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, after he was found Monday evening after being missing since Saturday.
Photo of Zeus, the mascot for the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, after he was found Monday evening after being missing since Saturday.

Grovetown, GA – A happy ending to a story that many have been following on our WJBF Facebook Page this weekend. Zeus, the German Shepherd, who went missing on Saturday morning was found.

His owner, Nicole Cardenaz, says Zeus ran off around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning when she took him out for a walk.

He’s not only special to her family, but to the community.

Our cameras were rolling we captured the moment Zeus and his family were reunited.

The search to find a family member, a part of the community, and a piece of many people’s hearts.

“I just saw a little white fluffy tail and seconds later, he just took off after it,” said Nicole Cardenaz.

Cardenaz is talking about her 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd, Zeus, who chased an animal into the forest on Saturday morning and didn’t come back.

“Zeus is a very fun-loving dog, he loves other animals, he loves the kids,” said Cardenaz.

Not only is he a staple to the Cardenaz family, but to those who knew fallen deputy J.D. Paugh.

“Since J.D. had his accident, my husband formed a foundation for him and a lot of people came together to make it what it is today,” said Cardenaz.

Zeus became the mascot for the foundation, a way to bring back the warm memories of Paugh, who was killed off-duty in 2011.

“He is like our child, I mean if one of our children would come up missing we’d be looking just as hard,” said Cardenaz.

Neighbors gathered for the first community search for Zeus on Monday.

By horse, car, and foot, all eyes and ears were out for Zeus including Kim Sams who saw a post of Facebook about the dog’s disappearance.

“Saw it this afternoon that they were having a search at 5:30, so I thought I would just come out and help, I don’t know these people, but I would hope that someone would come out and help me find my dog if one of them were missing,” said Sams.

As soon as more people began to search, a phone call came in, and quickly down the street, a face that nobody could help, but to run to.

“He was wrapped up around 14 trees, every bit of this (leash) was wrapped around the tree,” said a search member.

A reunion too good for words.

Cardenaz’s husband, who got Zeus as a Christmas gift from Germany for the family, will be reunited with Zeus tomorrow when he gets home from work overseas.

***UPDATED at 6:16 P.M. on Monday, July 6th***

Grovetown, GA – According to our Nicole Snyder, the mascot for the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, Zeus, has been found.

Monday evening, Zeus was found with his leash wrapped around some trees in the forest near where he went missing Saturday morning, in Grovetown, Georgia.

Thanks for getting the word out, CSRA!!


***POSTED at 12:06 P.M. on Monday, July 6th***

Grovetown, GA – A Grovetown family is asking for help from the CSRA in locating their lost dog.

Zeus, who is 2-1/2-years-old and a German Shepherd, went missing on Saturday, July 4th around 10:00 a.m. in Nicole’s Cove, in Grovetown. He reportedly snatched away from his owner’s wife and ran to chase a fox. His owner, Michael Cardenaz, is currently working overseas. According to the J.D.Paugh Memorial Foundation’s Twitter account, Zeus is the official mascot of the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation.

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A group will be gathering Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. and/or Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. at the Cardenaz home, which is located at 4109 Nicole’s Lane, in Grovetown.

The group will be splitting up into small groups to cover the grounds. There is a lot of woods, creeks, and brush that Zeus could be hung up in, and the group is asking that anyone and everyone that can help to please come!! If you cannot walk the grounds, driving and calling out to him will be a great help, as well, according to the group’s organizer.

There is also a Facebook group page set up to help find Zeus.

Please help spread the word, so Zeus can be safely returned home.

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