It may have something to do with how he looks...
Charles the Labra-doodle was strolling down the street in Norfolk, VA when the 911 calls started coming in from residents and passers-by who mistook him for a lion.
Police responded by contacting the zoo and assuring all its lions were accounted for.
Authorities soon realized that the animal in question was no lion, but a dog with a creative haircut.
The dog's owner, Daniel Painter, shaves Charles' hair that way to represent Old Dominion University's lion mascot.
Charles now has his own Facebook page with links to articles about his exploits nationwide.