Have you seen Zero? How dog escaped from Sacramento animal shelter

Zero Front Street Animal Shelter

Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter is asking the public’s help in locating a small dog that escaped from the shelter Wednesday.

Bobby Mann, a shelter spokesman, said the dog, named Zero, was picked up as a stray in the area of Seventh and K streets in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday.

The dog was frightened and hid beneath the small bed in its shelter quarters. When a staff member entered the enclosure on Wednesday, Mann said, the dog was hiding under the bed and it appeared to the staff member that the enclosure was empty. With the door to the enclosure open, Zero took the opportunity to run out and escaped through a secondary door that was also open, Mann said.

The owner, a Roseville resident, arrived at the shelter a short time later and learned that Zero was again on the lam.

The shelter released a photo of Zero, who Mann said appears to be a long-haired Chihuahua, in the hope someone will spot him. Zero is 6 years old and was wearing a black canvas collar. According to the shelter, he is not neutered or chipped.

Anyone who finds Zero is asked to call the Front Street Animal Shelter at 916-808-8333, or call 311 after business hours.

Mann said such escapes from the shelter are rare.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy