Mysterious photo found in dog’s collar

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(CNN) — When animal control officers were called to a Greenville, South Carolina, neighborhood to pick up a wandering pit bull on a cold Monday in December, they didn’t expect a mystery to unfold.

But inside a fold of the dog’s collar, they found a wrinkled black-and-white photo. It had no name or date. A smiling man seated on a railing looks straight into the camera — but, beyond that, the photo offers no clues.

The friendly tan canine, now named Soldier because the man in the photo may be wearing a military uniform, was skinny but well-behaved, said Susan Bufano, community relations coordinator with Greenville County Animal Care. He was not neutered or microchipped.

Bufano said the collar itself isn’t old, which reduces the chances it was placed there long ago and forgotten.

“It’s so bizarre,” she said. “Absolutely anything is possible.”

After the photo was posted to the shelter’s Facebook page, a few people tried to offer clues about the photo, but nothing substantial has surfaced. Bufano hopes a wider exposure will lead them to the owner, or at least help solve the mystery.

“This photo should mean something to somebody,” Bufano said.

Even if the owner isn’t found, the dog is available for adoption. Because the shelter has limited space, it’s possible that Soldier could be euthanized if he isn’t adopted, Bufano said. Interest in Soldier makes that unlikely, she said Thursday.

This isn’t the first odd case the shelter has encountered. Years ago, Bufano said, a dog was found wandering the parking lot wearing a cape.

Anyone with information about Soldier is encouraged to contact Greenville County Animal Care at


  • RNatheart Brown

    that’s smart, drop him off where they picked him up and put a leash on him and let’s see where they take/pulls them

    cuz when my dog pushes through the screen door, she ran throughout the neighborhood, my daughter ran after her, then I started calling my daughter to just come home (b/c ladi -who is mirochipped- always comes back)

    well b/c I called my daughter, my dog came running and made it home b4 her

  • Jim Williams

    The photo with the scalloped edges is from the mid 1960’s or earlier, so the person in it is likely to be 80 plus years old now. They should look for elderly people living alone or who have recently died. Leashing the animal and seeing if it takes them to a location would also be a great idea as some have mentioned.

    • Lorre Hopkins

      Maybe they should check to see if there are elderly people in the area that need help. I’ve watched too many Lassie movies to not be suspicious about the picture in the collar!

  • sissy

    put this on your local news to see if anyone knows where the dog lived, you could save his life and maybe his owner too.everyone dont have facebook.

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