Oregon dog taken into custody after pizza theft

Oregon dog taken into custody after pizza theft
This 5-year-old Siberian husky named Eysak escaped from his family's back yard and stole another family's pepperoni pizza before he was taken into custody. (Photo by Marion Co. Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, Ore. – Don’t mess with his food.

That’s the message a 5-year-old Siberian husky had written on his collar when he jumped into a Salem family’s car and ate the pizza they brought home for dinner Wednesday afternoon.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Don Thomson said a Salem woman and her family returned home from grocery shopping at WinCo when she saw the dog in their neighbor’s yard at around 3 p.m.

As she unloaded her grandmother’s wheelchair from her SUV, the dog jumped in the back seat and started devouring the cooked pepperoni pizza the family bought for dinner.

The dog aggressively barked when she tried to scare him away, so she called the sheriff’s office, Thomson said.

A deputy arrived to find the dog still eating the pizza in the back seat. He couldn't get the still-aggressive dog out of the car, so the deputy called the Marion County Dog Control Unit. A Dog Control Officer got the husky out of the SUV and took him to the county dog shelter.

Thomson said the dog was wearing a collar with the words “don’t mess with my food” written on it.

At 4 p.m., the sheriff's office said the dog's owners posted a lost dog report on the county website earlier in the afternoon. The husky, named Eysak, escaped from his back yard. The owners headed to the dog shelter to pick up their dog.