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Lonesome pooch still roaming Saddle Road

An updated photo of Saddle Road Dog taken on Monday (May 16). Photo by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

An updated photo of Saddle Road Dog taken on Monday (May 16). Photo by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

Water left alongside Saddle Road Friday afternoon (May 27) in the area where the dog was usually seen. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Water left alongside Saddle Road Friday afternoon (May 27) in the area where the dog was usually seen. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

The tan and white dog that has been cruising Saddle Road for more than a month is still out there.

Donna Whitaker, executive director of the Hawaii Island Humane Society, said she has had regular reports of the dog being spotted along the road and it appears to be surviving OK.

Numerous drivers have stopped to leave food and water for it and the Humane Society vet, who frequently drives the route, is attempting to gain its trust and safely scoop it up.

Whitaker said the vet had coaxed the dog to eat out of her hand, but it likely was spooked by well-meaning people trying to catch it and has backed off.

The vet has seen the dog in recent days, Whitaker said, but at a distance.

However, Whitaker and the vet, remain confident they will eventually nab the pooch, who has several offers of a ‘forever home’ from island animal-lovers.

Whitaker urged drivers to use caution along the Hilo-side of Saddle Road and, if they do stop to leave food and water, to not act aggressively in trying to catch it.

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