Here's a dog story with a happy ending.
It turns out that Maximus " abandoned earlier this month at Douglas County Animal Shelter " is really Raider Boy, beloved pet of a 24-year-old Gardnerville man seriously injured last year in an automobile accident.
Raider Boy belongs to Marshall Wright who is undergoing rehabilitation in Reno for head injuries he suffered in an auto accident Oct. 30 near Ukiah, Calif.
Wright's aunt, Stephanie Castro, said someone was supposed to be watching Raider Boy, and the details are sketchy about how he got loose.
When she learned the pet was missing, Castro contacted the animal shelter and discovered they had picked up Raider Boy.
The dog is now with Castro's son, Ron Bronk, in Gardnerville, until Wright is able to care for him.
She said Wright has made "an amazing recovery" from the accident.
"Every time I see him, he is improved quite a bit. He's starting to walk on his own and is off all feeding tubes," Castro said.
She said Wright's mother, Diana Castro White, is temporarily living in Reno to be near her son.