A Kentucky family said they returned home from watching their horse run in the Preakness Stakes to find their dog missing, but the animal turned up later that day with wounds from an apparent surgical procedure.
Lori Dougherty, of Louisville, said one of her four golden retrievers was missing when she returned from the Baltimore race, where her horse, Ride on Curlin, had finished second.
She told WAVE-TV the 13-year-old dog, Roscoe, has followed the same morning routine for years, leaving home about 8 a.m. to examine neighboring yards and returning about an hour later.
“He’s like the neighborhood mascot,” said Dougherty, who also has two puppies and an 11-year-old dog.
She began worrying when Roscoe didn’t return Monday by 10 a.m., and she started looking for him at noon.
Neighbors helped search for the dog as Dougherty’s children became increasingly upset.
Roscoe finally came home about 8 p.m., but Dougherty said a large area of the dog’s right hip had been shaved, and he had at least 10 stitches closing an incision there.
The dog had been treated over the years for a recurring quarter-inch hot spot in that same area.
Dougherty called area veterinarians, but none of them admitted to performing the surgery.
Vets also said surgery would not have been necessary to treat a hot spot.
The family’s vet examined Roscoe and gave him some antibiotics, but Dougherty said the dog appears to be fine.
Watch this video report posted online by WAVE-TV: