Dog News: Mistaken Identity: Shiba Inu Released Into Wild

July 27th, 2010 by Dan

If you own a German Shepherd or an Australian Cattle Dog, there’s usually some occasion when a person comments how much they look like a wolf or a dingo. Sadly, for one 11-year-old AKC registered Shiba Inu, her supposed resemblance to a coyote has led to a tragic situation. Copper lived in Kentucky was owned by Lori Goodlett and somehow escaped from her fenced in backyard. When her disappearance was discovered, Goodlett called the Frankfort Humane Society and was dismissively told that no stray dogs were turned in that day.

The next day Copper’s owner posted “Lost Dog” signs, featuring a photo of the pooch around the area and a Frankfort Police officer called and told her he had picked up the dog and brought her to the Humane Society. He later received a call from the shelter stating that the Shiba Inu was not a dog but a coyote and could not be kept at the shelter. Shortly after a humane officer picked up the senior dog and released her in the woods behind a Home Depot. He was told by a wildlife service that coyotes are “nuisance animals” and could only be released or shot.

Cooper has been missing ever since. Wouldn’t you think the dog’s gentle demeanor would have clued them in to the fact that this was a dog and not a wild animal? The dog didn’t resist handling while in the shelter or when following the police officer. I also believe these shelter workers need to read up on dog breeds – since when did coyotes have curly tails??





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One Response to “Dog News: Mistaken Identity: Shiba Inu Released Into Wild”

  1. jennyann Says:

    This is absolutely awful. Why do they have unknowledgable people working there that would handle someone’s pet in this manner and why didn’t Cooper have tags on? A dog couldn’t survive out there with the real coyotes they are real pack animals and are defensive to strays. I can only pray that Cooper is found alive.

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