Escaped dog trapped at Logan International Airport after 3-hour chase

A 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd puppy was caught by the port of Boston three hours after the unloading of its wearer.


A 2 1/2-year-old puppy caused a stir in Boston’s Logan International Airport Friday morning after escaping from his chest.

The German Shepherd, Ronin, had just landed after taking a redeye from California to Boston. The pup is in his crate with his new owner, Nick Kaneiff, picked him up at the airport. However, as soon as Kaneiff opened the door to put on the Ronin’s leash, the dog bolts from the carrier.

Keneiff and his 8-year-old son, James, remained in the exercise of their puppy as he eluded them and the members of the State, the police, the Police of Boston and Massport Fire Rescue nearly three hours, according to the Boston Globe.


At 8:20 pm, Ronin was reportedly spotted in shallow water outside the airport by the Police Lieutenant, Nunzio Orlando, the Boston Globe said.

The chase continued down to the harbour, where Ronin continued to evade capture.

“Every time they tried to approach the dog that he would walk from the shore into the water,” State Police spokesman David Procopio told the Boston Globe. “When I get to the point where water over his head and he had to swim, he would come back to the coast, and this went on for more than 2 ½ hours. It was like cat and mouse . . . eh, cat and dog . . . or something.”

Finally, after hours of hunting, the police managed to surround Ronin at the rocky harbour wall, and try to coax him in the direction of them.

Trooper Randall Enos of the K-9 unit that a tennis ball in the direction of the stubborn dog, but Ronin stayed away. When Enos tried a squeaky toy, with that Ronin was not impressed.

The police seemed to have run out of the efforts of convincing Achilles to come back to his owners, when Kanieff’s son, James, had a brilliant idea.

The boy reached in a take-out box and produced bacon and sausages for the dog.

“C’mere, Ronin,” said James, the Boston Globe.

Ronin hesitantly approached the boy and took the meat.

While Ronin was distracted with the protein-packed snack, Kaneiff walked to his car and took out the pet carrier.

Working together, the group lured Ronin in the chest with scraps of meat.

“Let him take his time,” Trooper Steve Culver said.


Ronin managed to make his way back in his pet carrier, and James closed the door, ready for his new dog in the house.

Ronin is not the first dog to get loose in and out of Logan Airport. In fact, Enos said, it happens every few months.

Usually the authorities are able to corner the runaways in the fire station parking lot, in the neighborhood, he said. But other times, the chase can take much longer than the 2 and a half it took for them to catch Ronin.

The publication reported that in February 2008, a cocker spaniel-poole mix wandered around Logan for three days before it was caught. And in October of that same year, a poodle named Choochy got loose on the asphalt and caused several delays during the 17 hours it took to capture the pup.

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