Dog shaved to look like lion reportedly prompts 911 call - FOX 35 News Orlando

Charles is a 3-year-old male Labradoodle whose owner had him groomed to look like a lion. He plays on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 outside University Pizza on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

Dog shaved to look like lion reportedly prompts 911 call in Virginia

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Charles is a 3-year-old male Labradoodle whose owner had him groomed to look like a lion. He plays on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 outside University Pizza on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot) Charles is a 3-year-old male Labradoodle whose owner had him groomed to look like a lion. He plays on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 outside University Pizza on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

A dog shaved to look a lion reportedly sparked a 911 call in Virginia, where Charles the Labradoodle has turned heads for some time.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the 911 caller told police that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue in Norfolk, possibly looking for food near 50th Street. Police, in turn, called the Virginia Zoo early Tuesday to make sure the lions were all accounted for, zoo spokesman Winfield Danielson told the newspaper.

As it turns out, the lion was later identified as Charles, a cross of Labrador retriever and poodle shaved down to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University.

"He has a thousand-and-200-some friends on Facebook," said owner Chris Painter.

Painter said police have told him several times that Charles had been mistaken for a lion. But in reality, Painter said, the dog loves children and tailgating at ODU football games, as well as the occasional slice at University Pizza.

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