Is This Your Dog?

A Patch reader writes:

"I have found a dog in Royal Oak and am certain it has an owner. He was sleeping in the cold since Friday 1/24/14 until we were able to catch him today. Could you please post this information so we can find his home?"
June Derin January 27, 2014 at 03:54 PM
So good of you-you probably saved his life!
Bradley Ellison January 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM
If no owner is found, how would one get on a list as a possible adopter?
Becki Roberts January 27, 2014 at 04:39 PM
The owner should be charged with animal cruelty for leaving this poor little doggie out in the cold. Don't return the dog, you could be sealing his fate!
Anna Kay January 27, 2014 at 04:46 PM
The owner dosent deserve to have a dog like that... he does however deserve to be bitch slapped and thrown in jail for being cruel! I hope he finds a new owner who will love him and treat him right.
Dee Wilcome January 27, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Please don't take him to a shelter if his owner doesn't step up. There are many local rescues that will find him a safe home.
Mike Ripinski January 27, 2014 at 05:15 PM
I say we name him " Patch " . We could put him up for adoption with a donation fee to the Royal Oak Animal Shelter.
Judy Davids (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 06:03 PM
I like your idea, Mike. :)
Jillian Rodriguez January 27, 2014 at 06:16 PM
He might not have been left in the cold by his owner - sounds like he could've gotten out of his yard and has been sleeping in the cold since escaping - he's lost! glad someone has taken him in for now!
Bob January 27, 2014 at 06:42 PM
The owner could be devastated right now that their dog is lost. Why jump all over the owner at this point?
TJO January 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Shocking how judgmental people can be. How do you know it was a he? I wonder how much true compassion you have for the dog if you are incapable of showing any to a fellow human.
Kelly January 27, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Has anyone checked on For the Love of Louie and Craigslist to see if anyone has posted about a lost dog? Thank-you to the person who took in this boy. You saved his life.
Rachel L January 27, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Another place to check is Home Again (http://public.homeagain.com/). You can contact them to report a found pet and they will email everyone in the area with Home Again accounts. Thanks for being such a caring neighbor and taking that puppy in!
Kate Blizinski January 27, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Have you taken him to a vet to see if he has a microchip?
Meagan McGarrow January 27, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Thank you all for your support and interest in him. It has been a very busy day and I didn't realize how popular this post was. We first spotted him in our backyard at Catalpa and Washington on Friday night. Although he is people shy, he loves other dogs and has been playing with the neighbor's dogs and mine all weekend. The Royal Oak Police and Animal Control were all made aware of the situation, but were unable to help unless we could catch him. Many people had called in reporting him and some thought it was a Coyote, which is where he got his name Wile E. Coyote. After watching him refuse to find shelter and sleep in the cold last night, I was determined to catch him today. With the help of a pack of hot dogs, a cage, some string and a friend-I was able to lure him into the cage and get the door shut. His appearance shows that he is slim, but otherwise well taken care of. His nails are clipped and his fur is not matted. He is shy, but will let you pet him and even touch his paws. He is not food aggressive towards humans or other dogs. Wile is not fixed and the neighbor dog was in heat which makes us believe that his home could be within a 2-3 mile radius and explains why he set up camp in our backyard. I have posted on craigslist, my facebook page, For the Love of Louie, and let the Police know he was captured. The loving people at the Royal Oak Animal Shelter have taken him in to get him checked out, see if he has a microchip and will get him fixed. They are a no kill animal shelter and will keep him as long as needed. My husband and I will foster him if needed until his owners are found or he is adopted. Your guess is as good as mine to his breed, but I am thinking possibly a Chow mixed with a Husky or Shepherd. If you have any information that will help find his owners please feel free to contact me at London190@gmail.com or contact the Royal Oak Animal Shelter.
Jillian Rodriguez January 27, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Thank you for your kindness in taking care of him and taking him into your home! Amazing! I hope his owner finds him soon!
Patrick O'Meara January 27, 2014 at 08:50 PM
You're guys are heroes! I think we should name him Dakota.
Darren Patterson January 27, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Lynn Frank Parker January 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Wow, I saw this dog Saturday morning around Normandy and Coolidge. I hope he can be reunited with his family.
karen January 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Reposted to For the Love of Louie *Michigan Lost Pet Lookers* FB page. They have 40,000+ members throughout Michigan who look for lost pets. The more eyes the better the chance of a reunion.
Jennifer Ward January 28, 2014 at 08:39 AM
A long time ago, our beloved dog ran away (this was long before micro chips) and we were frantic for 3 days. A vet (we called all of them to see if someone had found her) said that dogs tend to run in an ever widening circle, so that was how we went about our search. We did finally find her; her paws were ragged, she was hungry and exhausted, but otherwise ok. It was not a case of our neglect...she ran like a bullet, and happened to sneak away before we saw which direction she went. Now, almost 30 years later, we have the same kind of dog...with an escape artist mentality! All I'm saying is, yes there might be a case of negligence but if Wile is in good health, there is likely a frantic owner that will be happy you finally caught him. And if our dog manages another escape, and you catch her, please don't think we are neglecting her!!!
CJ Strehle January 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM
This dog looks alot like a Shiba Inu, but it says he is 50-60 pounds, which would make him much larger than a shiba. it is possible that he is a Jindo, which is a larger Japanese dog, similar to a shiba in temperament and color. Jindos are very rare, so his owner must be looking frantically for him. Please do all you can to find his home, and do not alter him, as he may be a champion specimen for continuing the breed!
molly.mutschler January 28, 2014 at 07:54 PM
This is not my dog however it looks to be part Shiba Inu or Akita. Both of these breeds are escape artists and are great a running away. I bet the owner is looking as we speak. It's likely not their fault. I have a shiba inu and she worries me constantly that she will run.
molly.mutschler January 28, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Also I would see if it is microchipped. Any vet can scan it for free
Frances Mir January 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Jindo dogs are not Japanese, they are Korean.
Keath Rhymer January 29, 2014 at 01:00 AM
this is a shiba mix
CJ Strehle January 29, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Sorry, Frances, you are correct...
Sarah Kingston January 30, 2014 at 01:08 AM
He looks like he might be a shiba inu. Really cool breed of dog. Check into it at AKC website.
mary macdonald January 30, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Boy, I'm confused as to why the Royal Oak police or animal control wouldn't help (unless YOU caught the dog). I would think in this cold weather especially, and any other time, capturing a stray dog would be something they would do as part of their job. That is really disappointing. Maybe someone could explain.
Lisa February 05, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Wiley is up for adoption. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28462793/


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