A lost dog that police in Washington state picked up this week wasn’t wearing identification ― but he was wearing pants and a festive sweater.
“Is this your dog?” the Bellevue Police Department tweeted, noting that the pup “was wearing a sweater and blue pants, and was very angry.”
The photo has been retweeted thousands of times and has garnered plenty of theories to explain the dog’s attitude (and to make a few digs at Bellevue, a Seattle suburb that’s become increasingly wealthy).
Police initially brought the dog to VCA Alpine Animal Hospital. Kristen Ashton, an administrator there, said the canine had no immediately apparent medical issues. Staff estimated he was around three years old, and appeared to be a Jack Russell terrier and Chihuahua mix.
The dog has been at Regional Animal Services of King County since Wednesday, according to data on the shelter site. The shelter holds animals for 72 hours to see if anyone arrives to claim a missing pet, employee Chelsea Eykel told The Huffington Post. If no one comes forward, they can be put up for adoption.
While he may have been angry when police picked him up, the doggie fashion plate appears to have calmed down. Eykel said the shelter hasn’t given him a formal temperament test, but so far, “he’s been fine.” A much more mellow photo of the little guy is up on the shelter’s site.
He’s still wearing the pants and sweater in the photo, but Eykel assured HuffPost that they have since been removed.