Pet Dog Released Into Wild After Shelter’s Mistaken Identity

July 26th, 2010 - 9:58 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

dog1 July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An American Kennel Club registered pet dog was mistakenly released into the wild, and is feared lost for good, after a Frankfort Humane Society wrongly identified the family dog as a coyote.

The dog was a female Sheba Inu which was owned by Lori Goodlett for eleven years. She managed to escape Lori’s backyard on July 3, and a frantic search fro the pet ensued. Sadly, one of the officers which found Copper did not see Lori’s posters until after the pet had been kicked out into the wild to survive on her own.

The officer found the dog and took her to the Humane Society, as is common in these cases. Soon after leaving the dog at the shelter, the officer received a cal to come back and get the animal, because it was a coyote, and the shelter is not allowed to keep coyotes.

Although the officer did not agree with the shelter’s identification of the dog, the police department contacted a wildlife expert who told them that coyotes either have to be put to sleep or released into the wild. So the dog was released behind a home improvement store.

Police officers as well as volunteers have been searching for Copper since the mistake was discovered. “People would say when Copper was young, she looked like a fox with her pointy ears and red coloring,” Lori Goodlett stated “But no one has ever mistaken her for a coyote.No one knows how the wildlife expert mistook the dog. I know in my head Copper is gone for good, but in my heart, I would like to think some nice family found her and took her in,” she added.

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