Bay Bridge Chihuahua update: Dog is terrified but otherwise in good condition
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - No one has come forward yet to claim an elusive Chihuahua that led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase on the Bay Bridge over the weekend, San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials said on Monday.
The male dog, estimated to be about four-years-old, was caught after the slow-speed chase in the westbound lanes of the bridge around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
The video of the chase went viral after it was posted to a CHP twitter account.
Officers managed to eventually catch the wayward pup.
CHP officials brought him to San Francisco Animal Care and Control, where officials there have temporarily named the dog Ponch, after a CHP officer on the hit 1970-80'S television show ChiPs.
Ponch is terrified and pretty shaken up by Sunday's bridge chase, but otherwise seems to be in good condition, animal control spokeswoman Deb Campbell tells KTVU Fox 2.
He is not neutered and had no microchip or identification tags. But he was wearing a decorative tag and appears to be well fed and well cared for, according to Campbell.
The dog's owner has four days to claim him. If no one comes forward within that time, animal control may put him up for adoption.
Several people have already expressed interest in adopting Ponch, Campbell said.
CHP officers still don't know for sure how Ponch ended up on the Bay Bridge.
They think he may have come from Treasure Island or that he was let out of a car somewhere nearby, according to CHP Officer Vu Williams.
"We don't think he was thrown from a vehicle," Williams said. "He didn't look injured."
Anyone with information about Ponch is asked to contact animal control at (415) 554-6364.