ACC Searching For Dog's Owner

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An independent pit bull mix is up for adoption after taking a ride on a public bus…by herself.

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The dog boarded the S94 city bus on Richmond Avenue Wednesday morning, made her way to the rear of the bus, and to the surprise of rush-hour commuters, picked a seat, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

The dog was not wearing a collar, is clean and well kept, but has an unregistered tracking chip, Adams reported.

Animal Care and Control is trying to locate her owner.

After 72 hours, the pit bull mix who now goes by “Little Lola” and “Free Ride,” will go up for adoption.

The person who brought her to the center gets the first chance to adopt the dog, The Staten Island Advance reported. If that person does not choose to adopt the dog, she will be eligible to be adopted by any person who successfully completes the application and adoption process.

“We’re anxious with your report that somebody comes forward, whether they own the dog or know the dog’s owner to contact them, and they can come down to our care center in Staten Island,” Richard Gentles, Director of Development and Communications for Animal Care and Control of New York, told Adams.

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"Little Lola" or "Free Ride," as she is being called, took a ride on the bus by herself during rush hour. (credit: Stuart Schenker

“Little Lola” or “Free Ride,” as she is being called, took a ride on the bus by herself during rush hour. (credit: Stuart Schenker)

Gentles called the dog very friendly.

“She’s very sweet, she’s in good condition,and very friendly,” he said.

Experts said that it is very common for dogs to be unregistered, even if they do have a microchip, CBS 2’s Don Champion reported.

“It’s a very easy thing to just call and just make sure all the data is correct,” Veterinarian Dr.Irwin Ruderman said, “It’s just like an injection, it’s a very simple thing to do, it doesn’t hurt and it can save a pet’s life.”

Gentles said he his hopeful that media attention will get the attention of the dog’s owners.

To contact Animal Care and Control about the dog, visit, call 212-788-4000 or go to the Charleston center to fill out an adoption application.

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