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Local man frustrated after dog escapes from vet in Independence

Posted at 2:53 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 10:57:20-05

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Truman the German Shepherd is still missing. Dr. Mel Falk, Veterinarian at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in Independence, Missouri, said Truman escaped overnight Thursday.

Now, the vet and Truman's owner, Jeff Peterson, are searching for the dog. Truman was neutered at the hospital on Thursday and his owner was supposed to pick him up on Friday. Instead, the owner got a call Friday morning that Truman was gone. 

Falk said paw prints were on the glass door in the front lobby, so Truman somehow managed to get out of his cage and get to the door.

"Somehow, he must have gotten this (deadbolt lock) in his mouth and turned it just right and unlock the door," said Falk.

Falk admitted that police called him early Friday morning to say that the motion detector in his animal hospital was alarming. Falk thought it was the cat at the office and told officers to disregard. 

"I wish now I had gotten up and come to the office," said Falk.   

Peterson is frustrated that his dog was able to escape.

"To get all the way out; I think it is incompetence; I think it is not best practice," said Peterson.

Both Peterson and Dr. Falk were handing out fliers, and searching in area neighborhoods for Truman. There have been sightings; near Hidden Valley Animal Hospital but so far, Truman is still on the loose.

Truman does have a chip. If you have seen him please call 801-598-6069 or 816-866-5524. You can also take the dog to a vet to have the chip scanned and reconnect Truman with his owner.