HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video of a man washing off a dog believed to be "Doc." at a Sarasota service station. The unofficial mascot of the HCSO agricultural unit escaped his pen while traveling along I-75 on Saturday. See video below.
The mixed breed dog is the personal dog of detective Lowell Cain, but is used for various work needs, including herding cattle off roadways and round-ups.
Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Doc escaped from his special pen which was being towed on northbound I-75 near the Fruitville exit in Sarasota County.
He weighs about 60 pounds and is very friendly, deputies say.
A witness saw a motorist pull over to tend to the dog near Fruitville road. The witness said the man gave the dog water. The man said he was going to take the dog to his home in Tampa. The witness said the dog had road rash from his jump from the trailer, but seemed fine.
The video was taken at the T&T Shell Service Store at 6001 Palmer Blvd in Sarasota on Saturday shortly after the dog escaped from his pen. The man is seen hosing off the dog's road rash injuries.
The Sheriff's Office is asking for the man in the video to return Doc in exchange for a reward that was raised Tuesday from $500 to $1000.
Anyone who may recognize him is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200