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Dog's owner comes forward

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Officer Jordan Bady-Parnell has already grown fond of this dog.

She was rescued by the Saginaw Police on Sunday night, found wandering out in the cold.

Now inside, the shepherd mix is happy to be dry and warm.

“She's a good dog, she's not biting anyone as you can see, she's just looking to see what's going on,” Bady-Parnell said.

The dog, which appears to be a girl, was found near Genesee Avenue and Ruckle Street in Saginaw.

Temperatures last night dipped to around 10 degrees, with a wind chill making it feel below zero.           

“My first thought was we’ve got to get this dog to get him out of the cold,” Bady-Parnell said. “In all honesty, it's cold on us, it's cold on the dog that doesn't have heated vehicles, heated houses, things of that nature.”

It appears this dog does have an owner. She's very well-behaved, loves attention, and does know a few commands.

“Well we got the call that the dog was running around into traffic so an officer from the Saginaw Police Department found the dog, just to get it out of the road,” Bady-Parnell said. “She had the dog just jump right in the back of her patrol car. Dog was friendly, not aggressive at all.”

The dog then checked in for a night at the Saginaw Police Department.

Lt. Craig Bell said this time of year, it's something that does happen often.

“When it's so cold out, we've actually got crates we can put dogs in, animal control doesn't come out in the middle of the night for something like that,” Bell said. “So we feed them, keep them here, give them some water, get them out of the cold.”

Police said they're not sure exactly what breed mix, or how old she is, just that she needs to find her way back home.

“This dog seems to be someone's family member, and nobody wants family members lost,” Bady-Parnell said.

Police said they had received at least 10 calls from people claiming to be the owner, but are still waiting for someone to bring forward proof.

On Thursday, Saginaw County Animal Control officer Tricia Barnes said the dog's owner came forward with proof of ownership and pictures.

Barnes said it was obvious by the dog's reaction she was the owner.

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