FRANCONIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police say an animal control officer finally caught a dog who has been surviving on his own for more than two years in Franconia.
Police say they don't know whether Biscuit the Shih Tzu was abandoned by his owner or whether his owner died, but they do know that the dog was seen for years foraging for food in the Franconia community.
Children named the dog and citizens tried to help rescue groups catch the dog.
Animal Control Officer Enna Lugo said in a press release on Monday: "Whenever I came to catch Biscuit, neighborhood residents would tell me the last place they had seen him...Everyone tried to help get him off the streets."
Lugo tried several methods to capture Biscuit but he would always find a way to escape, she said.
Then, on Saturday, she and shelter staff assembled a team of officers and volunteers at Manchester Boulevard and Beulah Road, according to officials. They saw Biscuit was nestled in a pile leaves. Animal control officers and volunteers surrounded Biscuit and caught him with a net, according to officials.
Biscuit was taken to a veterinarian, who removed more than 40 ticks and treated him for a skin infection, say officials. Otherwise, officials say Biscuit was in good health.
He may be three to four years old, according to the veterinarian's estimate.
The animal control officer is now acting as foster parent for Biscuit to help him to get used to living with people in a house. Officials say Biscuit will be available for adoption after he gets time to adjust to his new living conditions.