‘Ponch’ the Chihuahua still in custody, owner nowhere to be found

(Courtesy of SF Animal Care & Control)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Chihuahua is in animal custody after leading police on a chase across the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The California Highway Patrol tweeted the small black dog “led us on quite a chase” Sunday and posted a video of it running furiously on the upper level of the bridge while being trailed by a motorcycle officer.

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer G. Pumphrey holds a male Chihuahua after they found it running loose on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco Sunday, April 4, 2016. Officers finally corralled the dog, then posted this image and video of the chase on their Facebook page seeking the public's help in finding the owner.(California Highway Patrol via AP)
In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer G. Pumphrey holds a male Chihuahua after they found it running loose on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco Sunday, April 4, 2016. Officers finally corralled the dog, then posted this image and video of the chase on their Facebook page seeking the public’s help in finding the owner.(California Highway Patrol via AP)

After it was captured, the Chihuahua was taken to a San Francisco animal shelter where staff members named it Ponch, after the CHP Officer Frank Poncherello played by Erik Estrada in the TV series “CHiPs.”

A spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Animal Care and Control said the dog wore a tag decorated with a human skull, but it had no identification. Deb Campbell said the dog was recovering from its misadventure.

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