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What's Your Take: Purebred Dog Mistaken For a Coyote?!

Jul 27 2010 - 3:00pm

I've yet to wrap my head around this bizarre story. It all started when the pictured pooch disappeared from a Kentucky backyard on July 3. Copper, a female Shiba Inu, was found by a policeman and brought to the local animal shelter. The unsuspecting cop later received a phone call that he needed to come retrieve the animal as coyotes weren't allowed there.
After consulting with a wildlife expert, the only options were return the animal to the wild . . . or to kill it. (This is definitely where Copper lucked out.) To hear what happened next, .

It wasn't until after the officer photographed the animal and the department turned her loose that he recognized the dog from posters that her owner put up. Lori Goodlett explained [1] about her beloved pet of over 11 years:

People would say when Copper was young, she looked like a fox with her pointy ears and red coloring, but no one has ever mistaken her for a coyote.

Now police and volunteers are helping to search for the rereleased animal. First off, it definitely seems like someone should take our trivia quiz on the breed [2], but, 'til then, share your reactions on this case of mistaken identity.
Source: Frankfort Ky. Police Department [3]


Source URL
http://www.petsugar.com/pets/Shiba-Inu-Coyote-Mistaken-Identity-9477773