A runaway dog led a Halifax police officer on a chase through the city’s south end on Monday and was only lured out of morning traffic when a passing motorist used chicken from her lunch as bait.

A self-confessed dog-loving patrol officer said he first saw the shepherd mix wandering around Citadel Hill around 7 a.m.

It travelled down South Park Street to Young Avenue, on Point Pleasant Drive to Tower Road, by the Saint Mary’s University campus and along Robie Street before eventually making its way to Beaufort Avenue.

Dog lovers to the rescue

The shepherd mix dog was wearing a collar made of Cape Breton tartan with the line "Whiskers to Wags" on it. (Courtesy of Halifax police)

A passerby gave the officer dog biscuits to help cajole the dog out of the streets, but it stayed away. The officer said he also tried to play fetch with the dog with sticks, but it kept darting away.

Finally a woman stopped her car and lured the dog out of traffic using chicken from her lunch.

Halifax police said they brought the dog to animal services. The owner, or anyone who has information about the owner, is asked to call 311.