JEROME - The Jerome County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a driver whose pet was dragged behind a truck after falling out of the bed during a police chase.

Deputies who spotted the pickup truck at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday mistook the large dog in the back for a calf. Several calf thefts had been reported in the area recently, so the deputy attempted to pull the truck over near the intersection of 300 West and 100 South.

But the driver sped away, sheriff's officials said. The dog, which was tied in the truck's bed, leaped out as the truck rounded a corner. Deputies say the driver did not stop, and drug the animal for some distance before it was able to slip out of its collar and run away.

The truck turned again, this time driving into a cornfield. Backup arrived from Gooding County and the Jerome and Wendell Police Departments, but by the time the pickup was found in the field, the driver was gone.

Sheriff's officials say he or she is still on the loose. Officers searched the area for the dog, but could not find it.

Anyone with information about the driver or who has found an injured dog in the area is urged to call the Jerome Sheriff's Office at 208-324-1911.

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