Shaggy the Newfoundland has been caught

Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-05 15:08:49-05

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Shaggy, a Newfoundland who has been spotted wandering the Cascade area for months, has been caught, according to Kent County Community Liaison Lisa LaPlante.

The dog, believed to be a Newfoundland mix between the ages of 1-5, is not aggressive, but health officials were concerned for its safety.

“It’s been reported that Shaggy has developed eye mucus, possible other health symptoms that has the neighborhood and Animal Control very concerned. If he stays at large, he can’t be cared for properly,” said Joe Dainelis, Kent County Animal Control Supervisor in January. “[Shaggy] does have a double coat so it’s doing OK in this winter weather, but that being said, I’m sure it would be much better sleeping on someone’s bed, keeping their feet warm.”

LaPlante said Thursday that Shaggy was captured and is now in the care of The Devoted Barn, an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility based in Newport.

“I believe that with proper training and behavior modification, it will eventually end up in the right forever home,” Dainelis said of Shaggy in January.