A pet owner frequently asks why their lost pet wasn’t placed back into their yard when the animal is found running loose. After all, that is an expected outcome for a pet that is wearing an ID tag or license. The problem arises that when an Animal Control Officer picks up a loose pet, he or she becomes responsible for that animal. The dog owner would be the first to blame the Officer if the animal was returned to its yard and got out again only to be hit by a car. After, all it escaped from the yard in the first place.