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HCSO Sgt Ron Cain was notified by an eyewitness that "Doc", the 60-pound,
specially trained cattle dog that escaped on Saturday from a special trailer
attached to a vehicle, may be in the Tampa Bay area.
According to the witness (generated from media coverage), a motorist pulled
over and tended to the dog on I-75 just south of Fruitville Road. The witness
told the sheriff's office that the man gave the dog water and said he was
going to take it to his Tampa home.
The witness said that the dog had road rash, which occurred from jumping out
of the trailer, but it looked fine and was in good shape. The witness didn't
get any information on the man or the car he was driving. The sheriff's office
is asking for the person to return "Doc".
Cain's brother, sheriff's Detective Lowell Cain, uses the specially trained
dog to help herd loose cows that have escaped or are blocking roadways. The
dog is Lowell Cain's personal dog, and it has become the sheriff's office
agricultural unit mascot. A $500 reward is being offered for the person who
returns the dog.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ron Cain at (813) 426-7112 or the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.