Miami-Dade County

Dog in emotional support vest found alone near Miami airport. Where’s her owner?

A terrier mix being called Lily was found alone near Miami International Airport Sept. 28, 2018.
A terrier mix being called Lily was found alone near Miami International Airport Sept. 28, 2018. Miami-Dade Animal Services

Laurence Moser was heading to an appointment Friday morning not far from Miami International Airport when he spotted something out of the ordinary — a dog in a red vest, dragging its leash, alone by a canal.

“I couldn’t just drive away,” he said. So Moser pulled into the bus lane at Northwest 18th Street and Perimeter Road to investigate.

The terrier mix, which was wearing a red Emotional Support Animals vest, had no tags or ID on the vest and the owner was nowhere to be found.

Moser, thinking something may have happened to the owner, called 911.

Miami-Dade police and Fire Rescue searched the canal to no avail, Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported.

As of Tuesday, no one has come forward to claim the dog, which is in Miami-Dade Animal Services custody and is being called Lily. She is on hold and will not be up for adoption until Friday, to give the owner more time to respond.

Kathleen R. Labrada, chief of shelter operations and enforcement for Miami-Dade Animal Services, said there is no way for them to confirm whether Lily is a service dog, but said it was unusual for a service dog to show up as a stray.

“These dogs provide a valuable service to their owners and would certainly be missed,” she said.

Labrada said Lily, who is just over a year old and weighs 33 pounds, has some medical issues and walks with a limp.

“She likely didn’t get very far on her own,” she said.

Moser said Tuesday he hopes someone comes forward or that Lily finds a permanent home.

“She is so well-mannered and so cute,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 311.

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