If you a dog owner, you know that sometimes your pet can get loose.
In a recent case, a Great Pyrenees dog spent over three weeks fending for herself.
After tracking her movements she was safely captured.
She is now being cared for at the local shelter.
Executive Director Dave Rogers says dogs that are turned in don’t immediately go up for adoption, “I don’t think it would be fair for us to automatically take every dog that comes into the SPCA and in the very first day put them up for adoption. It could be three days or longer before an Owner realizes where the dog is and comes looking.”
In this case, she is doing well and is very healthy, “She has been to the Vet for a check-up and she is a very healthy animal. She needs to go back to the Vet for a spay, but it takes time.”
Rogers says they hope to work with a local Great Pyrenees breeder to find a home for her.
“There are so many different circumstances as to how a dog gets loose and starts running. Sometimes people jump to conclusions because it is unusual to see a dog loose, but I think we need to hold off on making assumptions,” Rogers says.
As for capturing an animal who is running loose, Rogers says they will use a large trap, “It’s important that the public doesn’t feed the animal. We put food in the trap, and we want them to go in. If they have been fed, they will often just walk by. Also, if you are tracking a dog that is loose, notify the SPCA, and don’t give chase. What can happen is, it could dart out into the roadway and possibly get hit by a car. We also don’t want it to be afraid and not want people around.”