Hyde Square Man Says ‘Coyote’ Seen on Ice By Coast Guard Was His Wolfhound

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Detail from poster for missing JP dog Taupaw

Alexander Humphreys

Detail from poster for missing JP dog Taupaw

UPDATE: Animal Control found Taupaw.


A Jamaica Plain man's search for his missing dog-wolf hybrid has him at odds with the Coast Guard. Taupaw, a Dutch Wolfhound, went missing Thursday night and, according to owner Alexander Humphreys, has been making tracks all over Boston and Brookline.

Here's a poster about the missing dog:

The poster says the dog was "photographed on the ice in Quincy Bay" on Feb. 27. But the Coast Guard reports via Facebook they took that photo on Feb. 20, long before Taupaw went missing.

Humphreys counters that he's heard three different stories from people aboard that Coast Guard ship.

"I don't have confidence [in the Coast Guard's story]," the Hyde Square man told Jamaica Plain News on Sunday.

He said the animal in the Coast Guard photo has Taupaw's markings and tail.

Humphreys offers this timeline:

  • Taupaw goes missing from Newmarket Square in Roxbury about 10 p.m. Thursday.
  • Friday he's spotted in the harbor (Coast Guard says it's a coyote)
  • Friday about 3:30 p.m. a coyote is spotted near MLK School. On closer examination, the "coyote" has a collar. Humphreys thinks that was Taupaw.
  • Saturday about 4:30 p.m. a sighting of a dog like Taupaw was made near the old JP High School on Elm Street in Sumner Hill.
  • On Sunday, a couple reported seeing a dog like Taupaw in a cemetery behind Woodland Road in Brookline.

Here's a map of the possible land sightings:

As of Sunday afternoon, Taupaw was still on the loose. Humphreys, who lives in Hyde Square, asks that if you see him, please call 781-640-6219. He said Taupaw is friendly with dogs and very slow to accept people. He recommends that if you are with your dog and see him, let your dog loose to lure him near. He said Taupaw, despite his wolf-like appearance, is not aggressive.