But quick thinking by all involved led to a wonderful reunion.
Recently, the Clay County Humane Society received a beagle from an unlikely source.
The source, an Indiana State Police Trooper, found the beagle dodging traffic along Interstate-70.
The trooper brought the dog to the county shelter, the closest open shelter in the area.
"Since (the Putnam County Shelter) shut down, that was really the only option for the state trooper, to bring the dog here," Clay County Humane Society volunteer Stacy Trusty-Dotson told The Brazil Times. "It was kind of odd for a dog (to be on I-70)."
Then, the story got interesting.
Trusty-Dotson found herself in an odd predicament.
Who did the dog belong to?
She decided to go through her weekly routine with the hope of possibly finding the owner -- something she admitted is not easy.
Trusty-Dotson said she goes to Hoosier Topics on a weekly basis, skimming through the advertisements in the lost and found section.
"I get on there and look to see if anything matches the description of the dogs we have," she said. "It's a quick, free ad."
Trusty-Dotson said it is rare when owners find their animals at the shelter.
"Our reclaim rate is like 3-5 percent of people that actually come and reclaim their pets," she said. "It's very, very low. You'd be surprised with the people that don't look at the shelter. You just have a feeling that the dog belongs to somebody, and you think that somebody will show up and they just don't."
But this time, it was different.
"I just happened to get on there and see a description of one of the dogs that we had," she said.
Eventually, the owners of the dog, a family in Cloverdale, came forward to claim the animal.
Trusty-Dotson said the family had posted an advertisement in Hoosier Topics saying their dog was missing.
"As it turns out, the dog was theirs," Trusty-Dotson said. "(They) thanked me 100 times."
Trusty-Dotson said families with lost pets should look at all possibilities when searching for the animal.
"I just want to encourage people to look outside of their radius," she said. "People don't look. A lot of times, they just wait. They don't really look."