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Rescuers in Texas Saved a Pup, and Now They Can't Tell if it's a Dog or a Coyote

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read
Rescue pup believed to be a coyote locked in a cage
Credit: Dallas Animal Services

The Dallas Animal Services received a puppy rescued by the police, but they are confused about whether it is a dog or a coyote. A dog rescue team which consisted of police officers, found a young pup around a refuse area and handed it over to Dallas Animal Services. Right now, there's confusion among them on the identity of the young puppy. It has already been established that the pup is a canine. But the identity is still unknown. 

How was the Puppy Found? 

According to the report issued by the Dallas Police Department, they found the young puppy while on patrol duty on Monday. The puppy is caramel-colored and named Toast after the police officers found it. Immediately the police officers found the pup, believing it was from the canine family. But they weren't sure if it was a dog or a coyote. It might be handed over to a rescue dog shelter or adopted if they find out it is a dog. 

Resue pup in the hands of one of the rescuers

After rescuing the pup from immediate danger, the Dallas Police Department handed it over to Dallas Animal Services. Their report showed they couldn't identify if the young puppy was a baby dog or a coyote. The Dallas Animal Services said they would be conducting a DNA test that would help them certify if what they found was a coyote or a baby dog. According to a trusted source, the DNA test will determine the new home of the young puppy. If the puppy is a dog, he might be handed over to the new owner. Also, an animal shelter might be its new home. 

Toast New Home 

According to Dallas Animal Services, it is a DNA test to help them make decisions affecting Toast. Whether a young dog or a coyote, it might stay in the shelter. But if it's a baby dog, it would be adopted and find a new home. 

Last month, Dallas Animal Services took in about 258 animals, and about 168 dogs were taken in within one weekend. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, millions of rescue dogs enter animal shelters yearly. From their report, "Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. We estimate that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011. The biggest decline was in dogs (from 3.9 million to 3.1 million)."

They also mentioned that many three animals that enter the hands of animal shelters end up being adopted. According to their statistics," Approximately 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year (2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats)." For an animal like Toast, there is high chance that it will get adopted if it is a dog. But the DNA test will have to prove that first.