Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Missing Hillsborough Sheriff's Office cattle dog may be in Tampa

TAMPA — A cattle dog that helps Hillsborough deputies herd loose cows off roads that has been missing since Saturday may be in Tampa, deputies said.

Doc, a mixed breed cattle dog weighing around 60 pounds, escaped from his trailer Saturday morning on Interstate 75, near the Fruitville exit in Sarasota County, as deputies headed back to Hillsborough after a training session, said sheriff's office spokesman Larry McKinnon.

The dog belongs to agriculture detective Lowell Cain.

"Whenever he's working, he brings the dog with him," McKinnon said. "It's kind of like the Dalmation of the fire station."

A witness told the Sheriff's Office this week that a driver pulled over on the highway and picked Doc up. That driver told the witness he was headed to Tampa, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office announced a $1,000 reward for information on Doc's whereabouts. Call Sgt. Ron Cain at (813) 318-5681.

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