The trio taken into Michigan State Police custody around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday didn't resist and weren't cuffed by troopers.
They're German Shepherds, weary from a nocturnal adventure that led them alongside the Lodge Freeway at West Forest Avenue in Detroit's Woodbridge area.
Someone called the cops and two patrol cars from the Metro South post responded. Four troopers, helped by a resident, gathered the well-behaved strays.
"They were happy to see us and were pretty tired from their experience," the law enforcement agency tweeted early Wednesday.
The good-looking dogs were reunited with their owners after sleeping at the state police post in Taylor and after the authorities tweeted photos that earned media coverage.
"The owners saw their dogs and contacted us," says a follow-up tweet Wednesday afternoon. "Keep an eye on your pets as these stories usually don’t have a happy ending."
The dog rescuers are Chadwick Carpenter of Riverview, a trooper since 2017; Jerad Owens of Ypsilanti, who joined the force in 2016; Brandon Maletta of Macomb Township (2017) and Mitchell Lehmann, whose full name we await.
These are among tweets from the Case of the Canine Vagabonds:
Once they were in the area they learned it was three scared German Shepherds. With the help of a citizen they were able to get all three in their patrol cars and get them to safety. pic.twitter.com/6bvzQGRoQK— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 26, 2019