February 25, 2008
TAMPA (Florida)- A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office dog opened a door and climbed fences to escape a private boarding kennel before being hit by a car and killed Sunday morning.
Lobo, a K-9 German shepherd, was struck by a driver heading north on Interstate 75, just north of the Gibsonton Drive exit, about 9:30 a.m.
The dog was staying at the Boyette Animal Hospital at 10931 Boyette Road while his handler, Deputy Jason Allen, was out of town. The dog traveled about 2 miles before being hit.
Lobo "outsmarted" barriers designed to keep him in the kennel, said Sheriff's Lt. Kyle Cockream. The dog managed to open a door and scale several fences, including one that is 6 feet tall.