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Escaped Great Dane ties up traffic during moment of freedom

Capone, a Great Dane, can be seen romping down Main Street after escaping a Ferndale veterinarian's office (May 17, 2019). Photo courtesy of Gabryelle Marin

It was expected to be a routine neutering procedure until the 130-pound Great Dane decided he had better ideas.

According to the dog’s owner, Capone, a 9-month-old Great Dane, bounded from the veterinarian’s office and headed down Main Street towards I-5 just as the procedure was to begin.

Ferndale Police began receiving multiple reports of a large dog in traffic along Main Street and headed to the area. Other first responders caught wind of the situation and headed to the area as well.

A passerby was reported to have stopped and managed to get Capone into her vehicle. The veterinarian then arrived and began walking the dog on a leash back to the clinic. But, once again, Capone had other ideas and broke free.

Reports placed the dog in the area of the Ferndale Dairy Queen so a Whatcom County Fire District 7 battalion unit headed onto I-5 just in case the dog made its way there. His worst fears were confirmed as the dog appeared by the southbound lanes. Fortunately southbound traffic stopped and he was able to coax the dog out of harm’s way and into his vehicle.

Southbound traffic is stopped while a dog is recovered from I-5 by a WCFD7 battalion unit (May 17, 2019). Photo: WSDOT

The owner said this time he did not escape and the procedure has been completed without further incident.

Fortunately, no one, including Capone, were injured as a result.


  1. Marv Waschke May 17, 2019

    I love the fact that my town can get so carried away with an event like this. Bravo Ferndale!

  2. Gayland Gump May 17, 2019

    Capone, may not agree with the assessment that there were no injuries; after all he lost his reproductive rights. Nothing compared to the oppression being placed on women in our society to be sure. Hopefully it at least makes you think.

    • JuddPaynter May 18, 2019

      There is always a troll who has to interject their political agenda.

      • Gayland Gump May 18, 2019

        Evidently, you felt the need to comment. So isn’t it a just a case of the kettle calling the pot black?

  3. Jeanne May 18, 2019

    Probably escaped from Glacerview!
    I would too!!!

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