A shy Chihuahua that wandered around East Jackson for days was reunited with her Idaho Falls owner over the weekend, according to the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter.
“That little dog was so happy to see them,” Community Service Officer Jessica Poole said. “It was great.”
The dog, now identified as Lulu, evaded capture by East Jackson residents and police officers for several days the week of April 1. She was caught by a private citizen April 5, after which she remained safely in animal shelter custody for about a week.
Lulu’s Idaho Falls owner was visiting Jackson when the pup escaped through a car door. The owner had to pick up a child from school and didn’t have time to stay and chase the dog, Poole said.
Though the shelter had received an inquiry about Lulu, staffers were initially unable to reach the caller. The shelter was able to search its call log history to find contact information and get hold of the owner.
Lost dogs can be picked up and brought to the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter or reported to dispatch at 733-2331.
Jess Farr, program director at PAWS, said there’s no judgment or shame if your dog gets away: It happens. However, “there’s proper steps you can take to make sure if your dog goes AWOL, to get him back.”
A collar and tag with owner contact information is recommended, but dogs can pretty easily escape their collars, Farr said. The No. 1 suggestion is to ask your veterinarian to implant a microchip in the skin on your dog’s neck. Shelters can scan a lost dog and identify the owner.