News Release Update: Biscuit's Owner Found

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release/13/102/LHC
April 12, 2013


Biscuit’s Owner Located


            The mystery has been solved. After over two years, the wily dog Biscuit’s former owner has been located.  The former owner actually lived in close proximity to where long-lost Biscuit had been living on his own since reported lost on September 30, 2010. According to the owner, who has since purchased another dog, little Biscuit fled the day after he was purchased from a breeder listed on Craig’s List. She posted flyers throughout the neighborhood and continued to search but after a few months, thought she’d never see him again.

            After much consideration, she has decided to surrender the dog to the Animal Shelter. Biscuit will remain in foster care as he adjusts to life in a home with people.

            He will be available for adoption after the foster period ends, which could be several months.  After Biscuit becomes available, the Shelter will accept multiple applications and will choose the best home for this little dog.  So far, the Shelter has received dozens of calls from potential adopters.

            The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has many animals that are waiting to find loving homes.  Consider adopting a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, turtle or other pet from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. To view animals online or find out more about volunteer opportunities at the Animal Shelter, check out



(4/8/13) Animal Control Officer Nabs Elusive Shih-tzu


            For the past several months, Fairfax County Police Department's Animal Control Officer Enna Lugo has been on the trail of a tiny dog known by local residents as Biscuit, a shih-tzu who had been surviving on his own for over two years in the Franconia community.  His origins are a mystery.  Some residents said his owner had died and he had been left to fend for himself; others claimed that owners moved away and left him behind.

            Biscuit got his name from neighborhood children, who routinely caught glimpses of this lonely pup as he foraged for food or moved from one hiding place to another.  Private citizens and rescue groups had been trying to catch Biscuit for many months when Officer Lugo came on the scene.

            "Whenever I came to catch Biscuit, neighborhood residents would tell me the last place they had seen him," said Officer Lugo.  "Everyone tried to help get him off the streets." 

            She used several methods to try to catch him, including trapping and tracking.  "He would always find an escape route," she recalled.  "When we tried to trap him, he would lie next to the traps but he would never go inside."

            Officer Lugo knew that she needed manpower to catch this little dog.  This past Saturday, she and Shelter staff worked together to assemble a team of officers and Shelter volunteers to finally bring Biscuit to safety. 

            When they arrived on the scene off of Manchester Boulevard and Beulah Road Saturday, April 6 around 8 a.m., Biscuit was not in his usual spot under a residential patio. Officer Lugo was concerned that he had fled the area.  But he was soon spotted nearby, huddled in a nest of leaves where he had made a bed.  Animal control officers and volunteers surrounded him, where they quickly caught him with a net and transported him to the veterinarian.

            At the vet, Biscuit was sedated and shaved.  The vet removed over forty ticks and treated him for a skin infection.  Other than that, he was found to be in good health and was estimated to be around three to four years old.  Most surprisingly, Biscuit allowed Officer Lugo and the veterinary staff to hold and pet him.  He seemed to know that his struggle was over and that he was in caring hands.      

Officer Lugo has offered to foster Biscuit to help acclimate him to living in a house with human companions.  He will be available for adoption after he has had some time to readjust. 

            "Officer Lugo's initiative and tenacity exemplify the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Divisions' commitment to fulfilling our mission; her work ensured safety of the citizens of Fairfax County and the compassionate rescue of an animal in need," said Tawny Hammond, Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

            Officer Lugo was happy and relieved at the outcome. "I told the residents that even if it took me a year, I would catch Biscuit and get him to a loving home." 


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