Elusive roadside hound evades capture for 6 months


(CNN) — It’s hard to imagine a dog sitting, patiently, on the side of a road that is an incredibly busy intersection .

“She is very street smart. She is car savvy, so she stays right at edge of road,” said Virginia Beach Animal Control, Meghan Conti.

A female hound dog looks perfectly approachable to the public.

“We have tried treats and that just is not effective,” Conti said.

Lucy the elusive hound has been keeping Virgina Beach Animal Control on their toes for more than six months.

She previously escaped from her owners she’d only been with for a few days after being adopted.

“We moved to the steps of putting a humane trap out. That trap, any trap set for a dog, is baited with food,” Conti said.

Animal control said over the past six months the dog actually entered one of the traps, but then escaped or was let out. Adding more of a challenge.

Another challenge, the public constantly tossing her food and treats.

“We really need the public to back off a little bit and allow us to do our job,” Conti said.

Animal control has motion detector cameras set up, and is working in tandem with Gina Highfield with Lost and Found Pets of Hampton Roads.

“Just knowing that she is out there every night, my dogs are inside being spoiled, sleeping on a couch. She is out in the woods in freezing cold,” Highfield said.

Highfield helped put out a new ‘missy trap’ in the woods.

“The Missy Trap is better for dogs that are more skittish and they’re not going to go in this little confined space to eat,” Highfield said.

Now, large signs have been posted by Lucy supporters pleading for the public to stay off the private property that she takes shelter in.

“This is our job. We are trained in how to do this. We have done this for years, and so we need the public to trust we are doing everything possible and to allow us time and patience that we need,” Conti said.

The ultimate goal, bring Lucy to safety and find her a forever home.


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