Manhattan Residents Hope To Catch Stray Dog

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The search for a holiday contest item led one Manhattan couple to a prize worth far more than money.

While out treasure hunting on the west side of Manhattan a young couple was welcomed by a stranger with four legs. Unknowingly, the two had stumbled across a dog who just so happened to live in the area. The animal came out of the woods barking and howling and continued to follow them all the way to their car. However, since that day, the dog has become the one being pursued.

"We actually were looking for the Jingle Bell Rock in December and upon looking for that we found him over here," said Brittany Thomas. "I guess I kind of have a soft heart for animals, so this is something I felt really passionate about and he looked at me like I was crazy when I made him go buy a bone and I’ve kind of just dragged him out here with me every night."

The couple has named the dog Chance, and they, along with many others, have been out every night to feed and take care of a dog that Riley County officials claim is uncatchable.

"The first time we saw him he would stay real far away from us, he wouldn’t even come nowhere close to us," said Odell Thomas. "We would have to set food down and literally walk back about 10 feet away from him. Since we’ve been coming out more and more he’ll get closer and closer. He’ll sniff your hand, he’ll sniff your hair, he’ll play with any toys that you have for him."

An effort to catch Chance and find him a permanent home will be made at 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Patio Grille and Bar.