We believe it was an act of deception,” Riverside County Field & Shelter Deputy Director Frank Corvino said in the release. “The dye job is not very good. But it would work if someone’s looking for their missing, reddish-brown dog.”
Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said the dog should be fine and not suffer any long-term consequences from the dye job.
Lowry said it is important to make sure pet dogs are implanted with a microchip.