ST. PETERSBURG — Lindsey, a loose dog picked up by a passing motorist in a gold Cadillac, was returned Wednesday to her foster mom.
David Perry, 42, was on his way to go fishing with a friend Sunday when he spotted the dachsund-miniature pinscher mix along First Avenue S. He pulled her into his car, apparently unaware that an owner was in pursuit.
"I wanted her out of the roadway," he said.
A friend called Perry after seeing a story about Lindsey's disappearance in Wednesday's Tampa Bay Times. Perry called the dog's foster mom, Jennifer Roberts, who only a few months ago had rescued Lindsey from euthanasia in a South Florida shelter.
"When he opened the window, she came right to the window and started licking my hand," said Roberts, who has reinforced the fence in her yard to deter a new escape.
Next up: Finding a permanent home for Lindsey, who is about 10 years old. For an adoption application, go to heidislegacydogrescue.com, then call Roberts, one of the group's volunteers, at (727) 871-3424.
Perry, a linen wholesaler who lives in Gulfport, said he thought about adopting Lindsey, but he already has three dogs and a cat.
"We fell in love quickly," he said. "She has great character."