Canine Escape Artist Caught in the Act (Video)

The curious case of the liberated canines has been solved. The oldest animal shelter in the U.K. — Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – was finding any number of dogs loose when staff arrived first thing in the mornings.  Assuming it was human error or a practical joke proved to be incorrect.

Cameras were mounted in the kennel hallway and kitchen area.  And in the kennel of one of the usual suspects – a Lurcher called Red – whose kennel door was always open.  It seems that Red was trying to avoid suspicion by not opening his door for a couple nights after the cameras were installed, but on the third night he apparently couldn’t resist any longer.  Dogs really do like to entertain humans, don’t they?

Cameras caught Red easily opening the door to his kennel.  He traveled to the kitchen to get the best food first, of course, and then let out some of his canine friends.  Red is no dummy!  They played, ate and well… took care of other business.

Needless to say, video proof made the midnight capers a thing of the past at Battersea.

Who says dogs aren’t intelligent?  And by the way — Red was adopted two weeks after his instigator incident.

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Photo of a Lurcher dog from Wikimedia


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

Way cool, Red! And hope all your buddies get a forever home too.

Manuela B.
Manuela B5 years ago

great dog, but good luck to the new owners... he'll either be the greatest or a pain in the arse...
mmm obviously a male....:)

Trudy C.
Trudy C5 years ago

Wonder if Red's new family knows what they're up against I

f they leave him at home too long by himself, they may come home to empty beer cans, pizza charges on their credit card bill & the neighbours complaining about the loud music & questionable characters wearing studded collars that were running wild!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

I loved this video. Red is a very smart dog!!! And it was so nice of him to share with his buddies and his girlfriend. I am glad he found a forever home - I hope they warned her about his escapes. LOL
I hope the rest of his buddies find a forever home, too!!!

Margie B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Loved the video - Cool Red!!!

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S5 years ago


Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Smart dog! I just watched an episode of Pit Bulls & Parolees where some of the parolees weren't double-locking the kennel doors. No dogs got out but I saw how they closed the latches. They used the clips from the end of a leash where you'd clip the leash to a dog's collar and they put those clips into the latch on the kennel. Looks like it would work like a charm.

Carrie Anne Brown

great article, thanks for sharing :D

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago