Missing dog turns up after being dyed all black


Riverside County Department of Animal Services employees did a double take Friday when they scanned a stray for a microchip.

Coco, an 8-month-old pit bull, was reddish brown with white markings the last time shelter employees saw her. Christopher Ingrassi and Heather Lowry had adopted Coco on Oct. 29 from the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, and Coco was implanted with a microchip listing her description and owners’ information.

Coco disappeared on Thanksgiving, the possible victim of a theft.

But now she was black, also the victim of what Animal Services described as a bad dye job.

“When I was called, I didn’t believe it,” Lowry told Animal Services officials, according to a news release. “I was shocked. I didn’t think someone would go as far as to dying a dog’s fur to keep them. I don’t think that person knew that she was microchipped.”

Animal Services officials believe that Coco escaped from the thief’s property. A Ramona Humane Society animal control officer found her near her home.

“We believe it was an act of deception,” Riverside County Field & Shelter Deputy Director Frank Corvino said in the release. “The dye job is not very good. But it would work if someone’s looking for their missing, reddish-brown dog.”

Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said the dog should be fine and not suffer any long-term consequences from the dye job.

Lowry said it is important to make sure pet dogs are implanted with a microchip.

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