Local service dog rescued by motorist but not returned to owner

A service dog was rescued from the side of Interstate 5, but it still hasn’t been returned to its owner, despite the fact that it was wearing ID tags with contact information listed.


Rose, a 9-month-old purebred Australian shepherd, was with her owner Whitney Engle at the coin laundry on Del Mar Heights Road the night of Saturday, April 16. A man entered and startled the dog, causing it to run out the door.

Engle, who uses the service dog to help ease her anxiety, said she searched for Rose that night to no avail. She also posted fliers and created a Facebook page, “Rose Australian Shepherd.” Engle later received word that a California Highway Patrol officer and another motorist had seen Rose walking along Interstate-5 the night she went missing. Both said they saw someone pull over and pick Rose up, but nobody ever contacted Engle to return the dog.

The CHP officer told Engler he didn’t take down any information about the person who picked up Rose on the freeway because he assumed it was the owner or a friend.

Engle said there is a reward for Rose’s return, adding that several people in the community have offered to help, though she will not say how much money she’s offering at this point.

Rose is roughly 50 pounds with a brown and white long-haired coat. She has freckles on her nose and no tail. Anyone with information is asked to call 858-210-1089.

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Posted by Staff on Apr 29, 2011. Filed under Carmel Valley, Del Mar, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

4 Comments for “Local service dog rescued by motorist but not returned to owner”

  1. Jamie

    The owner should have taken better care of the dog. She should have had her on a leash. Anything less is negligence. I hope whoever picked up the dog is a kind person who is treating her well. This is entirely on the conscience of the woman who did not properly care for the pup. God bless sweet little Rose and keep her safe.

  2. peopleforpitbulls

    I think people like this should be prosecuted! Return the Dog!

  3. Dog advocate

    I hope Rose is in good hands! Horrible things can happen. I do question the owner. Was she leashed or harnessed? A trained service dog should not get spooked that easily and run from its owner????? Hope all ends well for the dog's sake!

  4. Bradysdad

    Dogs whose sole function is “the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship” are not considered service dogs under the ADA

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