Despite Dr. Mark Reese -- a local veterinarian's-- concerns, the capture plan was executed smoothly.
"I had nightmares about how the plan could go wrong but it all worked out without drama," he said. "We told all of the people we knew who were feeding her to stop for a couple days, so she would be hungry and in the end we mixed anesthetics with mashed potatoes and gravy. Within an hour and a half of putting the food out, they were able to get her."
According to Dr. Reese, she was scared but not mean when they finally got her. She was also healthy. Phantom -- which is her official name now-- was then turned over to the Humane Society in Milford.
The Humane Society put her in foster care on July 26 to start her rehabilitation into domestic life. Director Kate Whitrock shared how Phantom is doing but said she could not give out the name of the designated foster parent.
"We are withholding the name for obvious reasons, but primarily we need to make sure Phantom has an opportunity to be reintroduced to the concept of being a domestic dog," Whitrock said. "We think she was probably a pet before this incident so she just needs to be re-acclimated."
The Humane Society is overseeing the process, and Whitrock reports that it will be a slow process with her. She said the first step is to establish a bond between the dog and the handler, this allows an assurance of safety for both of them.
"This may take a couple of weeks. She is, however, settled in and not trying to escape," she said. "It's necessary to take the process slow because if you throw too much at this dog at one time she could get frustrated and try to bite, which would be the worst situation."
Whitrock also emphasized those who were feeding Phantom, should stop placing food at the site because it will just draw wild animals to the highway.
Phantom is under protection and safe, but only time will show how she adapts. The next step after she is trained to behave like a domestic dog is to place her in a home. Whitrock assured that this will not be done until they are 100 percent sure she is not a threat to anyone.