The little dog that became famous after leading police on a chase along the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in a permanent home with his new family.
San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials say the Chihuahua they dubbed “Ponch” left the care of a foster family and went home with his new adopted family Thursday.
Ponch, named by animal control officials after the California Highway Patrol officer played by Erik Estrada in the ‘70s and ‘80s television series “CHiPs,” gained local, national and international fame after leading CHP officers on a chase for about a mile across the bridge on the morning of April 3rd.
Officials never did figure out how the ten-pound dog ended up on the bridge, but they don’t think Ponch was thrown from a car because he didn’t have any physical injuries. Ponch, believed to be about four-years-old, was, however, apparently unnerved by the ordeal and who knows whatever else he had experienced during his life. Despite the widespread publicity about his dangerous dash, his previous owner never came forward to claim him.
But scores of others wanted to adopt Ponch. Described by animal control officials as a “nervous dog” animal control officials had cautioned those seeking to adopt him that he would not be for everyone.
“This sweet, tender boy will be at his very best with an adopter that has previous experience with small/shy dogs,” animal control officials said earlier this month in announcing he was up for adoption.
Officials worked to make sure Ponch was placed in the right home, vetting applications and conducting interviews before deciding on the most suitable family for the little dog.
“There was a nice media event as Ponch the Bay Bridge Dog went home to his adopters today,” animal control officials announced Thursday on their Facebook page.
“He got interviewed and filmed with his foster mom, Behavior & Training supervisor and new family, and met with one of the officers that rescued him and then happily went home,” the posting said.
Animal control officials say the family adopting Ponch wishes to remain anonymous.