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After 2 years on the loose, dog is finally caught

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -

A little dog living on its own in Fairfax County was the victor in a two-year-old game of hide-and-seek until this past Saturday when it all came to an end.

"Biscuit" finally met his match and came in from the cold when he was surrounded and caught by animal control.

The little guy was a mess of matted hair and ticks when a net finally came down over his tiny body in a yard near Manchester Boulevard and Beulah Road. The three-year-old Shih Tzu thought he was too smart to get caught until a posse of 14 blocked every single escape.

The legend of Biscuit goes something like this.

The little guy trotted out into the wilds of Fairfax County when his owner died and he was left to fend for himself ... or ... the other version has biscuit homeless when his owners moved away.

No one is quite sure. What is rock solid accurate is this.

Biscuit knew the lay of the land and he wanted nothing to do with a leash.

"I soon learned that every time I had an encounter with him, he would not come back to the same place for three to four days," said Animal Control Officer Enna Lugo.

Biscuit knew all the good hiding places and as Officer Lugo discovered the little Shih Tzu had admirers.

"Every time I went out there,” said Officer Lugo, “either I would drive by in my van and I would have neighbors, either walking their dogs or coming out of their driveways or just passing to or from work, and they would stop -- 'Did you find him? I haven't seen him in a month or I have haven't seen him in four days. The last time I saw him was at this address.'"

The longer it went on, the deeper the concern.

"I started to worry when the rains came down and that matted hair got all wet,” said Officer Lugo. “It doesn't dry out. It weighs him down, and then the cold came in. That's not good. I need to get him out of the street."

So last Saturday morning, Biscuit spent his final day on the run when 14 people conspired to bring him in.

 "When he was around the leaves, he was the same color as the leaves, so you could only see him when he moved. And I felt so happy, 'Oh, there you are,' made the phone call, got everybody down there," Officer Lugo said.

Oh and what a sight to behold. Biscuit was a mess.

"He was covered in ticks. I think we counted 43 ticks on him," said veterinarian Wanda Pool.

But Pool says the little guy was in fairly decent shape.

"His teeth were clean, his gums were good, he didn't have diarrhea, he was in good shape for a dog running around with no one helping him for two years," said Pool.

And so, no more cat food for Biscuit. That's what the vet and Officer Lugo thinks he was living on.

This Shih Tzu is going to eat right.

Officer Lugo says capturing Biscuit was personal, but then all of her cases are. The three-year-old Shih Tzu will now live with the officer until she feels the dog could be put up for adoption. Something she thinks could take a year or more.

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