In search of Mack

August 15, 2017

Please view the updated information by clickingย here.


Jamie Patterson adopted her dog Mack in 2015, from Rough Road Rescue, located just outside of Perryville, Mo.

Months later, Mack escaped the Patterson home and in the process of Patterson trying to find him, Mack was turned over to Rough Road Rescue after the rescue offered a reward of their own.

Mack was at the rescue by Christmas morning, 2016.

Rough Road Rescue first attempted to hide from Patterson the fact that they had Mack, and later made it impossible for her to collect her dog.

A court battle ensued. Patterson sued the rescue for custody of Mack, and won, but still the rescue refused to return the dog.

At one point, Steve Svehla, President of Rough Road Rescue, was arrested and jailed for refusing to return Mack to Patterson as the court had ordered. Svehla posted bond and was released from jail the following day. He then filed a motion with the Missouri Court of Appeals. Even though the lower court had already ordered Mack returned home, Mack continued to sit in a kennel at Rough Road Rescue while the case was being fought out in the system.

On August 9, the Missouri Court of Appeals filed it’s response to Rough Road Rescue’s appeal stating, “This Court has now issued an opinion affirming the judgment of the trial court. In the exercise of its discretion, this Court chooses to lift the stay and order Mack returned to Respondent. Respondent’s motion to lift the bond and permit execution is granted. The dog Mack is ordered returned to Respondent forthwith. The trial court may enter any appropriate orders to execute the judgment.”

(You can read the article about the Appeals Court ruling published on The Perryville News website by clicking here)

Rough Road Rescue filed papers yesterday. Aug. 10, to have the Missouri Court of appeals rehear the case. Mack was scheduled to return home today, Aug. 11, 2017.

At 10 a.m. this morning, Steve Svehla appeared in person, along with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, to return Mack to Jamie and her family.

After almost two years of waiting for their beloved pet, Patterson and her children watched as Svehla handed the deputy a small box and a couple of papers and stated that he was “sorry for their loss”, and walk away after conveying that Mack was dead and his remains were in the box. (Cremated)

Svehla claims that Mack died at the rescue in May of this year.

The papers given to Patterson indicate that Mack was seen by a vet for an illness in November 2016 but was treated for that illness and recovered. There was no mention of Mack’s death anywhere on the paperwork supplied to Patterson.

Owner of the crematorium who typically handles cremations for the rescue, reached out to Patterson and stated that they had not cremated her dog. They offered any assistance they could.

Svehla’s actions beg to question. If Mack were truly deceased, why would Svehla have filed additional requests with the court only yesterday? And even stranger, Svehla’s own attorney’s did not appear to be ware of Mack’s supposed passing until just today.

The general consensus is that Mack is still very much alive and being hidden and possibly harbored by other parties.

It bears noting that anyone harboring this animal is doing so at their own risk, legally. Mack is the center of an ongoing court case and anyone outside of Patterson possessing him at this point would be considered in possession of stolen property and obstructing justice; both fairly serious crimes.

So here we are, in search of Mack.

This is Mack, as he looked loving his kid, just before he was confiscated and held unjustly, by the rescue.


Jamie and her family just want Mack to come home and it’s for sure Mack only wants the same.

If you have information on Mack’s whereabouts, please contact the Patterson family at (573) 513-1901. You may also contact Perry County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 547-4576. Any information can remain anonymous.

Mack was last known to be in the Perryville area but could be anywhere at this point. Please share Mack’s story far and wide so that people everywhere will know his face.

What Rough Road Rescue has done to this dog and his family is an atrocity. It puts a black mark animal rescue and a cloud over those who actually do it right.

Any way you look at it, shame on Rough Road Rescue.

Shame on them for not returning Mack to his loving and obviously devoted family. Shame on them for keeping Mack in a kennel this past year and a half while they fought a court battle to preserve nothing more than their ego. Shame on them for thumbing their nose at the law.

If Mack really did die in May, shame on them for making his last days, those of seclusion and kennel life, when he had a perfectly good home with a loving family to be with.

And if they are hiding him, and lied to this family about his death, shame on them for the coldness in their heart and wicked attempt to deceive Macks family, the law, and any small following of supporters they may still have.

And lastly, shame on them for breaking every law and ethic that they rant and rave to cram down everyone’s throat.

Legally, Mack belongs to Jamie Patterson. A court has ordered it so.

Ethically, Mack belongs with his family.

Please help spread the word so we can find Mack.


This is Mack’s story as it has unfolded over the past year and a half. New excerpts will be posted as they become available. Please be patient as we load the information in the coming days.

We believe Mack is alive. Please read his story, share, and help us bring Mack back home!


08/15/2017 Svehla delivers Mack, alive, to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

08/14/2017 Mot for Withdrawal of Counsel
Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.

08/11/2017 Other Motion to Show Cause Why Appellants Should Not Be Held in Contempt of Court; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.






  • I hope he returns home. I’m a huge animal lover. I know how they must be hurting.


    • How could any “rescuer” be so incredibly cruel. Their non-profit status must be rescinded. But most of all, they need to give the dog back to his family.


      • The same thing happened in Ohio with a valuable Shetland Sheepdog named Piper. She was being cared for by a friend of her owner while she went away for the weekend. The dog escaped and was picked up by animal control on Good Friday. The shelter was closed for the holiday weekend. Her owner was there when the shelter opened on Monday to pick up her dog. She had already been sold to a sheltie rescue. How the rescue got her when the shelter was supposedly closed during the three day hold period is still a mystery. Piper was also micro-chipped, so she should never have been given out.The owner of the rescue refused to return the dog Piper’s owner spent in excess of $100,000 in attorney’s fees to get her dog back, but the rescue refused every court order. If Piper’s owner spent $100,000 to get her dog back, one wonders how much the rescue spent. Wouldn’t that money have been better spent rescuing dogs that didn’t have a legitimate owner? I wonder if the people donating to the rescue realized how their money was being spent. Piper was finally returned, but her owner is mute as to whether this valuable show dog was spayed or not. There is a civil suit in the courts, so she is not saying much. These people should also contact an attorney and sue the rescue. They may get their dog back if he is still alive. If he was killed just so the rescue wouldn’t have to return him, a civil suit could force the rescue to close up shop. That seems like a good idea right now.


  • Is this the dog that got out and had a big reward? I addled on fb the other day about him. I thought he wad only gone about 3 weeks though


  • Steve hangs out with Ron Hunter on 61 North near M Road (closest to I-55). Wonder if he has information. This should be a crime to withhold information pertaining to an ongoing court case. What a disgrace this so called rescue is. EVERYONE should petition the the State of Missouri to get them shut down.


    • Please message me on facebook or call me…i have the name that you mentioned but i cannot figure out which one he is. 573 513 1901 or Jamie Patterson on fb


    • That’s pretty good when you can throw someone else’s name out there but not your own


  • Renee Christisen

    Please send Mack home ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป


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  • Rough road rescue donated our dog Creedence a kennel. Only because people kept calling and complaining that our dog was mistreated. Our dog was so spoiled as an outside dog and after asking our neighbors, No one owned up to calling the law. I always suspected the rescue place but could never people my suspicions. This dog here looks just like Creedence and I think that they have played this way to long. Place the dog in the home and walk away. Obviously they’re great people!!


  • The rescue should turn him (Mack) over within a designated time or be forced to shut down.


  • This story is completely one sided. It would of been good to hear both sides.


  • I have followed this with interest since I am a shelter director. If Rough Road Rescue felt that Mack was abused, they should have filed charges….but there apparently were no charges to be filed as 4 judges said that while the dog absconded on a few occasions, Ms. Patterson more than met the terms of her contract. For any rescue to believe they retain ownership without due process is absurd. I sure hope Mack is found alive and did not die all alone without his living family. I sure hope Rough Road Rescue makes this right by returning Mack. It has gone on way too long and too many animals need help to drag this out.


  • I am praying for Mack, his family, I am also missing my best friend, Kc. Should Kc’s story ever end in a similar manner, May God have mercy on all involved, including me.


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  • So happy for you Jamie that Mack is home – finally!!!! Hope you sue the he)) out of that a$$hole!!!


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  • It is unimaginable that a rescue group would put a family and their fur baby through this. There are so many neglected and abused and homeless animals needing help. Why would such a group spend donated funds to keep an animal from its home when the money should be spent to help other animals find homes. They should be shut down and the owners prosecuted


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