The mysterious unidentified animal that experts believe could be a coyote or dog escaped from the wild life rescue and rehabilitation facility where it was being this week.
The Pennsylvania facility said the animal hadn't previously shown signs of aggression and noted that a window seal was discovered to have been chewed prior to its escape.
"We don't know how to tell you this, but the "coyote" escaped last night. We are devastated, and we know you all will be devastated too. No one feels worse than Morgan," Wildlife Works Inc. wrote in the Facebook post.
"When she got up this AM and went to her hospital building, she was met with the horrifying site of a destroyed empty cage and a trashed hospital area (see photos). There were scratches on the walls, especially below the window; the window seal was chewed until he was able to force the window open, then he tore through the screen. Not in our wildest dreams did we expect something like this!"
“I wasn’t quite sure, but ... it was scared and it was cold and all I could think about was this animal needed help,” Christina Eyth told the news staiton.
Eyth said she noticed paw prints outside her home earlier this week and assumed it was a neighbor's loose dog, so she followed the animal's tracks and located what appeared to be a small dog outside her basement.
However, WildLife Works Mount Pleasant was unable to determine whether the mysterious animal is a dog or coyote.
“It’s definitely a coyote, no it’s a dog; so with there being so much question, that’s whenever they got the Wildlife [Works] involved,” Eyth said via WPXI.
Eyth said she was able to coax the animal into following her into her basement before she called TJ's Rescue Hideway, who sent Morgan Barron, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with Wildlife Works Mount Pleasant.
The organization said it typically takes between two and four weeks to get results back.