Meet Lucky Black Dog. He doesn’t have much of a name because nobody has been able to get their hands on him to give him a proper one. He’s a stray. He’s been living on the mean streets of Fayetteville, Arkansas, going on six years now. Lucky Black Dog is more of a code name, actually, given to him by the animal control officers in the area who often find themselves pushing back their caps, scratching their heads, and saying to themselves, Man, that is one lucky black dog.
Lucky Black Dog has eluded capture 92 times.
“It’s very frustrating, because we’re hired to do a job, and that job is to pick up loose animals,” Tony Rankin, of Fayetteville Animal Services, told 4029TV.com. “It’s part of that job, anyway. When you feel that you can’t fulfill those job requirements, you feel like you haven’t gotten your job done.”
Officials first got a call in 2008 about the dog, who was hanging around a house in the area. Fayetteville Animal Services tried to catch him. It failed.
It failed 91 more times.
Man, that is one lucky black dog.
“We’re down here at least three to four times a week,” said Rankin.
They’ve even tried shooting tranquilizer darts at the dog. LBD dodged them. Man, that is one … well, you know.
Lucky Black Dog has split the community. Some want him out. Some believe he’s earned his keep.
One local, Joan Threet, told 4029TV.com she thinks it’s time for him to get off the streets. She doesn’t like how close he gets to her two dogs.
“He finds friends and he runs around with friends,” she said. “Even if I’m walking my dog, he’ll come up and harass my dog. He’s brazen.”
Jan Ragland, however, is on Team Lucky Black Dog.
“I’ve seen it on my porch, I’ll see it in my yard. I’ll see it in other people’s yards. It doesn’t appear to want a home,” she said. “It kinda likes its freedom.”
Officials say that if they ever catch Lucky Black Dog, they intend on putting him in a foster family. Newsflash: You won’t catch Lucky Black Dog.
In the words of Vermal from The Usual Suspects:
“Who is Lucky Black Dog? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Lucky Black Dog. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. He’s gone.”
What do you think? Has Lucky Black Dog earned his freedom to be a lifelong stray? Do you hope he stays free? Do you think Fayetteville Animal Services needs to get its ass in gear? Just how good was Kevin Spacey in that movie? Let us know in the comments!