What's the Latest on Biscuit
Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 13/098/ka
November 25, 2013
What’s The Latest on Biscuit?
Biscuit, the little Shih Tzu who survived on his own for more than two years in the Franconia Community and was rescued by Fairfax County Animal Control Officer Enna Lugo, staff and volunteers of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, has been adopted and is adjusting well to life in his new home.
After being rescued last April, he spent several months in foster care with Officer Lugo and was adopted in August by Faisal and Mary Ann Rashid of Oakton, and their two school-age children, Julia and Sam.
According to Mrs. Rashid, Biscuit has become comfortable and even protective of his family over the past several months. “He and I walk the kids to the bus every morning and he waits for them to come home.”
She reports that his favorite activity is cuddling with the family during TV time and that he sleeps under the parent’s bed, much like he slept underneath a porch during his two years roaming free.
Officer Lugo is thrilled with the match. “I can’t believe how much he’s bonded with his new family! He’s found the loving home we always wanted for him.”
(Original release date 04/08/13)
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 him acclimate 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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