Elusive pooch gives walkers run-around
A beagle rehabilitation plan has gone wrong for a small dog that has forgotten where home is and that its adopted owner is only trying to help.
Manawatu River track users have been worrying about the beagle wandering the path between the Fitzherbert Bridge and Albert St for about three weeks.
It looks friendly and approaches other dogs, but will not let people get too close.
Regular track user Margaret Gruys says the beagle shows no signs of aggression and looks like someone's pet, and she wants to help it get back home.
Nearby resident Pamela Macdonald said it would follow people around, but would run away before they could touch it.
Palmerston North City Council animal control officers have also tried to lure the beagle, but it has eluded them.
Principal health protection officer Pita Kinaston said the best thing people could do was to resist the temptation to feed or catch the dog.
He said the dog was timid, after a history of mistreatment with its previous owners.
"They are very nice dogs, and it's a bit sad this has happened."
Council staff knew who the current owner was, but even she was unable to coax the animal back home.
"It's become a bit confused. People have been feeding it and trying to get it, and it's freaked out. Our advice is to discourage people from trying to feed it, and to know the new owners are trying to secure it, and to let us know about any sightings so we can try to help."